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Hemet, CA 92543

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Hemet, Calif. — The Hemet Police Department and Hemet Fire/Department of Life Safety responded to a significant number of firework-related incidents during the Fourth of July celebrations. From 6:00 pm to 2:00 am, the dedicated personnel responded to 141 firework-related calls for service which came in through the Hemet Public Safety Communication Center with another 127 calls received through alternative reporting methods.

The combined efforts of the Hemet Police Department and Hemet Fire/Department of Life Safety resulted in 17 firework citations being issued throughout the course of the operation. In addition to the citations, two misdemeanor arrests were made, ensuring public safety during the holiday.

In conjunction with these efforts, the Hemet Fire Department diligently addressed the impact of fireworks on the community, responding to six fires caused by fireworks within the city of Hemet. The swift action and expertise of the Hemet Fire Department personnel prevented the fires from spreading and causing further damage.

“Ensuring the safety and well-being of our community members is our utmost priority, especially during events that involve potentially hazardous activities such as fireworks,” said Eddie Pust, Chief of Police at the Hemet Police Department. “Our coordinated response and proactive enforcement measures aimed to minimize the risks associated with fireworks, and we are grateful for the community’s cooperation and support.”

Firework-related incidents pose a threat to public safety, including the risk of property damage and personal injury. The Hemet Police Department and Hemet Fire/Department of Life Safety remain committed to educating the public about the dangers of fireworks and enforcing regulations that safeguard the community.

For further information or inquiries, contact Public Information Social Media Officer Alan Reyes at areyes@hemetca.gov.