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    Post Sez the Chief, "I've never seen a fire caused by fireworks."

    Open your eyes Chief Donovan! (Quinebaug, Conn.)

    WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A more than 100-year-old
    house and most of its contents were destroyed when an illegal
    firework shot off by a group of teens landed on the roof, sparking
    a fire that resulted in a $2.5 million loss, a fire official said.
    Five fire departments battled the blaze at the
    12,000-square-foot Oakland County home from shortly after 11 p.m.
    Friday until about 7 a.m. Saturday, said Capt. Joe Slawek of the
    West Bloomfield Fire Department.
    A group of teens had shot the firework, which Slawek called a
    "Silver Salute, from the ground into the air from a yard behind
    the house. A resident heard the explosion and came outside to find
    the roof of the home already ablaze. Dispatchers immediately began
    receiving 911 calls from neighbors reporting a large fire.
    "It's the equivalent of an eighth of a stick of dynamite, so
    there was a substantial amount of gunpowder," Slawek said Sunday.
    Slawek said the fire remained under investigation and declined
    to comment on the possibility of charges being filed in the
    incident.


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    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fireworks caused at least four house fires in
    the Las Vegas area, causing more than $178,000 damage and leaving
    homeless four elderly residents of a group home that was destroyed.
    Both legal and illegal fireworks from Independence Day
    celebrations sparked the blazes from dusk Friday through dawn
    Saturday, fire officials said.
    No one was injured in any of the fires.
    Four elderly men and women lost their home after neighbors
    firing bottle rockets and other illegal pyrotechnics accidentally
    set the home's wood-shingle roof on fire, Las Vegas fire spokesman
    Tim Szymanski told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
    Residents of the O & R Group Care Home residents on Comstock
    Drive were asleep when the facility's roof caught fire at 12:41
    a.m. Saturday, he said.
    The roof collapsed, leaving the four occupants homeless and
    causing $150,000 of damage. The Red Cross took them to hotels and
    Szymanski said they will be taken to different group homes.
    The fire remains under investigation and no arrests were made.
    In other fires:
    - A small boy throwing smoke bombs from his apartment window
    into neighboring back yards caused a $25,000 fire that spread to
    two houses Friday night.
    - A smoldering firework in a trash can started a residential gas
    meter afire Saturday morning on Royal Pines Avenue near Far Hills
    Avenue and Highway 215. Firefighters said they prevented the fire
    from spreading into the house. The damage was estimated at $2,500.
    - Another child using legal fireworks started a small fire in
    his garage near Ann and Cimarron roads Friday night that caused
    $750 in damage.
    Pyrotechnics did not cause any serious injuries Friday but
    Szymanski said a 3-year-old received minor burns and a 39-year-old
    man singed off his eyebrows in other firework-related accidents.

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    SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - July Fourth celebrations caused at
    least three fires in the area, fire officials reported.
    One of the fires damaged three downtown businesses and a church.
    All four received smoke damage after fireworks ignited a trash bin
    fire that spread through a business window, fire officials said.
    No one was injured.
    Authorities said the downtown fire started about 10 p.m. MDT
    Friday in the alley behind Rask Restoration Auto Body, Salon of
    Style, Tax Express and Anchor Baptist Church. Fire damage was
    confined to one room of Tax Express.
    Two grassfires in the area also were ignited by fireworks,
    officials said. No property damage was reported from those fires.


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    (Lincoln-AP) -- The Rattlesnake Canyon fire on the Colville
    Indian reservation has grown to more than three thousand acres. And
    it's jumping lines built to contain it. The fire is burning on the
    north side of the Columbia River across from the town of Lincoln.
    East of there, the Paddle fire has consumed 700 acres on the
    Spokane Indian reservation. A Bureau of Indian Affairs spokeswoman
    says it apparently began with fireworks shot from a boat in Lake
    Roosevelt. Some roads have been closed in the area, and people have
    been asked to leave the Pierre Campground.

    Anyone catching my drift yet?

    In Chino Hills, located about 35 miles east of Los Angeles,
    about 70 firefighters fully contained a 7-acre blaze sparked by two
    juveniles playing with fireworks, said Tony Landin, spokesman for
    the Chino Valley Fire District.
    The fire charred a hillside behind an elementary school but did
    not threaten nearby homes, Landin said. The two youths were taken
    into custody and released to their parents, he said.
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    Blaze caused one (m) million dollars damage-Washington State

    (Kent-AP) -- The Kent Fire Department said today it believes an
    apartment fire in a public housing complex last night was caused by
    fireworks.
    Several residents say the blaze started after children in the
    area had been throwing fireworks at each other.
    22-year-old Tom Heib was visiting his girlfriend nearby and said
    he saw a rocket fly through a window. He told the King County
    Journal that the curtain went up like dry straw.
    The blaze left 10 families homeless and caused about one (m)
    million dollars damage.
    About 40 residents at the Springwood Apartments in the city's
    East Hill neighborhood were evacuated. None of the residents was
    hurt, but two firefighters were treated at the scene for
    dehydration.
    One two-story building at the complex was engulfed in flames by
    the time firefighters got there, shortly after 7:15 p-m.
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    Something tells me NJ wants to prove a point to Quinebaug's chief. LOL

    NJ, maybe you should print all these articles out and mail them to him.
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    possibility of charges being filed
    Yes against the chief dogan in long name CT.

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    Two Children Severely Burned Over July 4th Weekend

    POSTED: 6:56 a.m. EDT July 7, 2003 UPDATED: 7:02 a.m. EDT July 7, 2003

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Two boys from east Orange County are on their way to a burn center in Ohio after suffering burns on their body during the July 4th holiday weekend. The plane left from Orlando Executive Airport enroute to Shriner's Hospital for Children in Cincinnati.

    The families left Orlando early Monday morning, heading for Ohio for a long and painful recovery.

    Eleven-year-old Jonathan Rowland was severely burned Friday night after lighting a roman candle. The fuse ignited bottle rockets in the pocket of his shorts. Fourteen-year-old Michael Howell, who lives in the same Bithlo neighborhood, was trying to set a lizard on fire Saturday afternoon using gasoline from a plastic jug.

    Both boys went to Arnold Palmer Hospital, but will now get specialized burn care at the Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati.

    "My boy he caught some bad luck, but thank God for these Shriner's and Arnold Palmer Hospital. But please, everybody, don't buy fireworks. Don't get 'em near your kids and try to be safe," says Jonathan's father Raymond.

    The Shriner's will help these families by paying for all of the boys' medical expenses from now until their 21st birthdays. In return, they ask only that the families help warn others about the dangers of playing with fire.

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    Between Canada Day on the 1st, and the American 4th of July, our Village Security boys spent the last week chasing down illegal fireworks displays. It always seems to boggle these people as to why they can't fire roman candles off the deck of their hotel room.

    We tried a summer fireworks show (professional) two years ago, and after we spent the night putting out a good dozen spot fires, the resort finally decided to keep the fireworks shows to the winter.

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    Hey Chief.....you listening? You might learn something.

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Three children were in critical condition
    late Monday after being trapped in an apartment fire investigators
    suspect was caused by fireworks while they were left without adult
    supervision.
    The names of the children, all under age 10, were not released.
    Two other youngsters were less seriously hurt.
    Two boys and a girl were admitted to Le Bonheur Children's
    Medical Center. The nature of their injuries was not disclosed.
    Witnesses said the children were trapped in the apartment until
    neighbors rushed to help and firefighters arrived.
    Leon Miller, 35, a neighbor who was living in a homeless shelter
    a month ago with his fiancee and their four children, was one of
    three men who helped rescue the children.
    Also helping were Antonio Rodgers, 29, who was walking down the
    street near the north Memphis apartments at the time of the fire,
    and another passer-by, Antonio Futch 41.
    Miller kicked in the front door of the apartment and pulled two
    of the children from the fire.
    "I heard all the kids crying," Miller told The Commercial
    Appeal. "I kicked it off the hinges."
    Later, fire Lt. Todd Grant went into the burning building and
    found the third child in the back of the apartment.
    "There's bravery on all sides," Fire Department Division Chief
    Jerry Crawford said.
    The heat and smoke in the apartment kept the citizen rescuers
    from entering the back of the apartment.
    "I busted a window out and I was on my way in and when I went
    in, there was so much smoke I couldn't even see," Rodgers said.
    Alvin Benson, chief fire marshal, said investigators were told
    that no adults were in the house when the fire began.
    "We did notify the Department of Children's Services and they
    take it from there," Benson said.
    Benson said some of the children may have been playing with
    fireworks.
    "My investigators have been at the hospital for a good portion
    of the day, and that's the angle they've been looking into," he
    said.
    Monday's rescue was the second by citizens in two days from a
    burning residence. On Sunday, neighbors pulled two elderly women
    from their home in south Memphis.
    Crawford said Miller, who has a construction job now while his
    wife has found work at a day care center, will likely be nominated
    for a heroism award.

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    Default small side note...

    Fourteen-year-old Michael Howell, who lives in the same Bithlo neighborhood, was trying to set a lizard on fire Saturday afternoon using gasoline from a plastic jug.
    What the heck is going on in kids minds these days?

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    Came across these quotes, I feel that they are approprate.

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    There is but one way to eliminate juvenile delinquency. That is by providing each child in America with competent parents.
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    DARN IT NJ!!!!! This 3 hour time zone thing just has got to stop!!!! LOL Ya beat me to it again.

    But here is another one from Memphis... is it just me or are they really taking a boot full to the face for fires this past couple of months???

    Careless use of fireworks torched apartments

    http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1350682

    Authorities say they know the cause of Friday's apartment fire. The fire at the Eastview apartments broke out on the Fourth of July, sending five firefighters to the hospital with injuries. It turns out that Fourth of July fireworks were not a cause for celebration at the Eastview Apartments, and the investigation is not over.

    Careless use of fireworks torched a portion the Eastview Apartments near Knight Arnold and Hickory Hill Friday, displacing ten families. Nearby hydrants were useless. A busted water line on the apartment property forced firefighters to hook up to a city owned hydrant, about a thousand feet away from the burning building. "We had to cut a fence back here, because a city hydrant was on the other side of the fence, that was the only one we could get that we knew we had adequate water pressure." Fire department officials say the property owners are responsible for the upkeep of hydrants. They're also responsible for making sure there is adequate water pressure. According to property managers, the privately owned hydrants at the complex receive maintenance twice a year, and that a broken pipeline was an unfortunate, and unforeseeable problem.

    The clean-up is still underway as contractors dump out charred debris and patch up windows and rooftops. That broken water main has been repaired. The fire department went back to the Eastview Apartments Monday to test the fire hydrants and found they are now up to spec. At this time the property owners are not facing any fines and there are plans to rebuild the unit.

    In the meantime the fire marshal says there is still an on-going investigation to track down the people who set off the fireworks that burned the building.

    So what's the difference between public and private fire hydrants? All apartment complexes, warehouses, and industrial sites have privately owned fire hydrants. It is the property owners responsibility to maintain the hydrant and pipelines that supply water. MFD inspects private\hydrants at owner's request. The only time the Memphis Fire Department inspects privately owned hydrants...is at the request of the property owner. The fire department is responsible for all other hydrants.
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    (Billings-AP) -- Last week, Granny's antique store in downtown
    Billings fell victim to a fire that did considerable damage.
    Fire officials quickly determined the store had been the target
    of arson. And now Billings police believe they know who's
    responsible.
    Police have now arrested two boys, one 14, the other 15, in
    connection with that fire.
    Police Lieutenant Joe Bryce says a witness saw the teenagers
    leaving the scene shortly before the fire began.
    Authorities say the boys lit fireworks inside the building,
    setting off blasts that ultimately caused a fire and about
    150-thousand dollars in damage to the building.
    One of the teens was arrested last Thursday, the other today.
    Both teens are scheduled to appear in Youth Court at the end of
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    (Richland-AP) -- Fireworks are suspected of starting the fire
    that caused 200-thousand dollars damage to Badger Mountain
    Elementary in Richland.
    The Friday night fire started on the roof. Remains of legal and
    illegal fireworks were found on the school grounds.
    Officials say repairs should be made in time for the new school
    year.
    (From Dennis Shannon, KONA)

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    CALUMET CITY, Ill. (AP) - An elderly woman has died after lit
    fireworks were slipped into the mail slot of her home, sparking a
    fire over the Independence Day weekend.
    Police have accused a 16-year-old boy of putting the fireworks
    into Eleanore Moll's mail slot. The teen has been charged in
    juvenile court with aggravated arson, but Police Chief Patrick
    O'Meara said those charges could be upgraded.
    Moll had been in critical condition at an Indiana hospital since
    the July 3 fire.
    The curtains in Moll's home ignited, spreading smoke throughout
    the residence, but Moll was able to call 911 before collapsing.
    When firefighters found her, she was not breathing and had no
    pulse.
    Moll, 76, never regained consciousness, family members said.
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    So what you're trying to say is that fireworks can cause fires?
    Duh! (slaps forehead) Who knew?
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    If this guy has never seen a fire caused by fireworks...tell him to visit the Uk in the weeks leading up to and including the 5th November every year. (Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night for those who know of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the British House of Parliament about 300 years ago)

    Our call volume goes from a service average of 3 calls per station per day (we have 18 stations), to about 20 calls per station in a 6 hour period on 5th Novemember. Times this by the46 fire brigades in the UK, all of whom suffer a similar or greater jump and you have more than enough to be getting on with .
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    I guess I must have missed the deal with this Chief while I was on Vacation...........

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    Originally posted by martinm
    If this guy has never seen a fire caused by fireworks...tell him to visit the Uk in the weeks leading up to and including the 5th November every year. (Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night for those who know of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the British House of Parliament about 300 years ago)

    Our call volume goes from a service average of 3 calls per station per day (we have 18 stations), to about 20 calls per station in a 6 hour period on 5th Novemember. Times this by the46 fire brigades in the UK, all of whom suffer a similar or greater jump and you have more than enough to be getting on with .
    What you guys don't celebrate the Fourth of July over there?

    ( I tried to stop myself, I just couldn't. I feel so dirty, so cheap...)

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    Nope, and neither would you if it were'nt for us!

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    Originally posted by firenresq77
    I guess I must have missed the deal with this Chief while I was on Vacation...........
    A fire dept. in the northeast was selling fireworks....as a fundraiser. When people asked about the wisdom of this venture, in relation to fire safety....the Chief stated..."I've never seen a fire started by fireworks." This all took place about a year ago.

    I'm still hoping to convince this ignoramus....that fireworks can and do cause fires.

    No reply from the Quinebaug Chief yet. Still has his head and buried in the sand. Or perhaps somewhere else?)
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    Originally posted by NJFFSA16


    A fire dept. in the northeast was selling fireworks....as a fundraiser. When people asked about the wisdom of this venture, in relation to fire safety....the Chief stated..."I've never seen a fire started by fireworks." This all took place about a year ago.

    I'm still hoping to convince this ignoramus....that fireworks can and do cause fires.

    No reply from the Quinebaug Chief yet. Still has his head and buried in the sand. Or perhaps somewhere else?)
    Ahhhhhhhh. Now I understand............ Thanks!

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    Three houses destroyed in Reno fire sparked by teens with
    fireworks

    RENO, Nev. (AP) - A fire started by teenagers playing with
    fireworks raced down a dry hillside in northeast Reno tonight and
    quickly destroyed three homes.
    The good news is that scores of firefighters quickly snuffed out
    the blaze and no one was hurt.
    Fire Division Chief Larry Farr says three houses were lost, a
    fourth was heavily damaged and a fifth slightly damaged after the
    fire was reported at 6:07 this evening in the residential
    neighborhood north of McCarran Boulevard (off Clear Acre Lane) near
    U-S Highway 395.
    Farr told The Associated Press investigators already have
    established the fire was started by the two boys in their early
    teens. In his words, "We talked to the kids and they fessed up."
    He says fire investigators will discuss the case with local
    prosecutors, but the boys remain in the custody of their parents
    tonight.

    More than 50 firefighters responded to the blaze, which engulfed
    the first home within minutes while engines were en route. Farr
    says six adults and two youths have been displaced because of the
    fire. He says all the pets got out safely.
    Given the ages of the boys who admitted starting the fire, Farr
    says their fate likely would depend on whether or not they have any
    criminal background.
    He says if they've had NO prior brush with the law, the case
    likely will be handled in civil court.

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    PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - The Pawtucket Red Sox canceled a New
    Hampshire company's July 4 fireworks display at McCoy Stadium after
    several people suffered burns and other injuries during a similar
    post-game show a day earlier.
    Two fans were injured when they tripped and fell while trying to
    run away, police said.
    Officials said a fireworks shell apparently exploded as soon as
    it came out of its tube, shooting sideways and triggering a "chain
    reaction" of sparks, which ignited other fireworks on the ground.
    "They all started going off all at once," Battalion Fire Chief
    Michael Carter said Monday.
    The fireworks exploded in multiple directions, with sparks
    hitting a scoreboard and setting fire to some bushes outside the
    stadium, Carter said.
    At least six people were treated for minor injuries, including
    several workers who suffered minor burns while standing near the
    explosion.
    The fireworks were part of Independence Day celebrations at the
    Triple A stadium, and had been staged without incident Saturday
    night. They were canceled Monday "in the interest of public
    safety," according to the team's Web site.
    "We just felt it would be inappropriate to go right in and do
    another show the very next night" until an investigation could be
    completed, Bill Wanless, the team's vice president of public
    relations, said Monday.
    Four of the injured were employees of Telstar Display Fireworks
    of Jaffrey, N.H., said Police Maj. John Whiting in a news release.
    He said they were helping set off the fireworks, which were being
    launched from a parking lot behind right field. They were treated
    for minor burns.
    Two fans in a fireworks viewing area also suffered minor
    injuries. Whiting said they tripped and fell as they tried to run
    away.
    The city's police and fire departments are investigating the
    accident along with the state Fire Marshal's Office.
    Monday's Red Sox game against the Charlotte Knights was
    scheduled to go on as planned, with Curt Schilling expected to make
    a rehabilitative start for Pawtucket.
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