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Three cities in the valley will allow safe and sane fireworks this year for the Fourth of July

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The only cities in Riverside County allowing safe and sane fireworks this year for the Fourth of July are Indio, Desert Hot Springs, Coachella and Blythe.

This means fireworks only with this safe and sane label on them.

All other fireworks are illegal in every city.

Cathedral City is not allowing safe and sane fireworks this year.

However, safe and sane fireworks sales in Indio are on fire this year.

“By the middle of this week everything here should be sold out,” Jose Rodriguez at TNT Fireworks on Monroe street and Bliss avenue told News Channel 3.

Rodriguez has been selling fireworks for the past four years.

“After 2 o’clock everyone starts coming and we’ve been getting a lot of people,” Rodriguez said.

Within the first three days, they’ve already seen a jump in sales this year compared to past years.

“The biggest box of fireworks, actually a $600 one we sold it in a couple hours that first day,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez believes with more people celebrating the Fourth of July from home due to the pandemic is the reason why his sales are sky-rocketing.

It’s also all for a good cause. At his location, proceeds go to Spirit Filled Church of the Valley.

“Right now, we’re in the process of renovating all of the building, you know we’ve been remodeling the building inside and out and landscaping and stuff like that so the funds will be used for the building and then some of the funds will be used for our youth, activities and our young adults and our couples retreat activities," he said.

At the corner of Madison street and Highway 111, another fireworks pop-up is helping out another local charity.

“The proceeds of this booth go to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School,” Gavriela Garcia said.

Again, only three cities in the valley are allowing safe and sane fireworks. Fines can reach up to $5,000.

If you are traveling outside of Riverside County for the Fourth of July, you can find a list of all 300 California communities allowing safe and sane fireworks this year here: http://www.ca-fireworks.presskit247.com/content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=508

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Caitlin Thropay

Caitlin Thropay is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Lifestyle Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News Leader. Learn more about Caitlin here.

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