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Fireworks add to fire department responses over the 4th

By JASON BATZ, Correspondent | July 03, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 071020111

Reading, PA - Firefighters experienced an increase of fire incidents over the July 4th weekend due to the rampant use of amateur fireworks displays. Although state law allows for the sale of fireworks throughout the commonwealth, the City of Reading does not allow the use of fireworks within 150 feet of any structure. On the evening of Friday, July 3rd the city was aglow from the pyrotechnics within a short period of time several incidents were generated involving small fires from the materials. Crews responded to multiple brush and trash fires along with a porch fire in the 1500 block of Mulberry Street. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

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