Tag: Fireworks

Leave it to the Pros: All Personal Fireworks are Illegal in Big Bear

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 2, 2014 – The Big Bear Fire Department reminds everyone that all personal fireworks are prohibited in the Big Bear area, even the “Safe and Sane” products. It’s against the law to use any fireworks in a community where they aren’t permitted, and those convicted could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to jail for a year. Personal fireworks can be unpredictable, and they have resulted in severe injuries and numerous fires; if a fire results from fireworks, the violator could be responsible for damages. It can take hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to control a large wildfire–a strain on resources at any time, but especially during an ongoing drought and the peak water demand that comes with an expected 200,000 visitors. With so much at stake, anyone seeing personal fireworks being used is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Instead of risking fines and fires, enjoy the world class, professionally produced fireworks display over the lake after sundown today. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake, the 30-minute show can be seen from many vantage points and is consistently ranked one of the best in California. And KBHR provides music synchronized to the fireworks, so make sure to tune in to 93.3...

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Pets and Fireworks

Big Bear, CA, July 3, 2014 – We will all be enjoying the spectacular fireworks show tomorrow night. That is, if you’re a human. But not so much if you’re a dog. Here at KBHR, we receive the most reports of dogs being lost after the fireworks display. Here are some things to consider before the festivities begin. First and foremost, don’t take your dog to a July 4th celebration. Even dogs who appear oblivious to loud noises can be affected by just one especially loud boom. Don’t assume that a dog who seems fine isn’t being affected by the noise. Sometimes you won’t see the symptoms until long after the event. Make sure your dog has identification on at all times just in case they run off. If you know you have a sound sensitive dog, plan ahead. Stay home if you can and keep your dog in a quiet place as far from exterior walls and windows as possible. Sometimes soothing music can help with anxiety and for truly serious cases, medication may be...

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Fireworks in Big Bear: The Best in SoCal

Big Bear, CA, June 28, 2014 – On Friday July 4th, Big Bear residents and visitors to our valley will be treated to one of the largest and most unique fireworks displays in all of southern California. Shot from a barge in the lake, the fireworks are brilliant in our clear mountain air and we get the added bonus of their reflections on the water. The Big Bear Rotary Club and especially longtime valley resident Skip Suhay, who passed away in May, have been coordinating this display for over 20 years. They’ve seen it grow from a small display shot from the peninsula at the end of Pine Knot to the huge show it is today which will feature over 400 shells shot into the sky from a 100 foot long barge anchored in the middle of the lake. According to family members and fellow Rotarians, the annual fireworks show was Skip’s passion. Every year he looked forward to making the show more memorable and better than the year before. He worked closely with MWD, the various marinas, and the pyrotechnic specialists to make sure it was the best show possible. This year, Skip’s son Andy will be at the helm of the Rotary Club’s Fireworks Committee. The fireworks can be seen from many vantage points in the valley including from the lake itself. In fact, anywhere you can...

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Personal Fireworks Are Not Worth the Risk

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 4, 2013 – With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, fire officials will be issuing citations for the illegal use of fireworks, with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. Possession of any type of fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, is against the law throughout the Big Bear Valley. Property owners may even be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property. The National Fire Protection Association warns that on a typical 4th of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined. Fireworks also cause fatalities, blindness, and maiming injuries to children and adults every year. In the event a fire occurs due to the use of fireworks, the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and be held liable for damages. Luckily, there is no reason to risk fines and injuries; watch the skies over Big Bear on July 4th for one of the best displays in the region, and tune in to 93.3 FM for synchronized...

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Pets & Pyrotechnics: Plan Ahead

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 3, 2013 – While most of us are looking forward to one of the top-rated fireworks shows in California this Thursday, the boom of pyrotechnics can terrify cats and dogs. This severe anxiety often takes the form of uncontrollable shaking, panting, clawing, and frantic meowing or barking. But in some cases, an animal’s reaction to these stressful sounds can pose a real danger to its safety. Veterinarians say that every year, frightened pets break through glass doors, bolt into traffic, go into convulsions, and even experience cardiac arrest. If you’re not able to stay home with your pets to help keep them calm with a hug, consider giving them a sedative from a vet or using compression...

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