STAFF REPORTS

So you wound your way to Chinatown and picked up a few sparklers, maybe some M-80s and a few smoke bombs for the heck of it. What’s Fourth of July without fireworks, right?

Well, those pyrotechnic delights could come with a hefty price tag. Placer County officials say anyone caught with fireworks — even the ones that seem like an inflated version of those inextinguishable candles on a birthday cake — could face a fine of up to $2,000 and misdemeanor charges.

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The North Tahoe Fire Protection District says personal fireworks are banned not just in Placer County, but in all of the Tahoe Basin.

So if you’re feeling the pyrotechnic itch this time of year, just remember — Burning Man is only two months away.

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