DUBLIN — City officials warned buyers of "safe and sane" fireworks to be extra careful this dry year not to start wildfires.

Dublin allows community groups to sell fireworks at 16 fundraising booths from noon Saturday through July 4, in contrast to most Bay Area cities that ban the sale and use of fireworks.

Dublin police and firefighters say they will have extra patrols this year to crack down on illegal fireworks or improper use of safe and sane ones, which do not explode or fly through the air.

Dublin allows the legal fireworks to be set off between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on July 4 at four city parks. They include Alamo Creek Park on Dougherty Road, Dublin Sports Grounds on Dublin Boulevard, Emerald Glen Park on Tassajara Road, and Shannon Park on San Ramon Valley Road.

Homeowners can set off the fireworks on their own private property, however, they should only be lit in safe areas away from buildings, dry vegetation and other combustibles. A water source such as fire extinguisher or water hose should be kept nearby.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff



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