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Illegal fireworks ignite palm trees
Someone using illegal aerial fireworks in the 1800 block of Athens Avenue caused several palm trees to catch fire on Christmas Eve.
According to Mike Erfert of the Yuma Fire Department, the fire was reported just before 8 p.m. Monday and was endangering homes on the block.
“Burning pieces of palm trees were floating in the air,” Erfert said.
When firefighters arrived, they quickly knocked down the flames and used a ladder truck to spray down the top of the trees to extinguish the fire.
Erfert said the fire was stopped before any homes were damaged.
An investigation determined someone using illegal aerial fireworks caused the fire. The suspect was identified, and the investigation was turned over to the Yuma Police Department for enforcement action.
With the New Year's holiday getting closer, Erfert wanted to remind people that any fireworks that explode or leave the ground (such as firecrackers or bottle rockets) are still illegal and that violators are subject to arrest.
People who use illegal fireworks are also responsible for any property damage, injury or death resulting from their use. The same goes for the discharge of firearms to celebrate.
“Celebrate sensibly and have a happy and safe holiday season,” Erfert said.
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