PALM COAST, Fla. – Palm Coast residents who were shooting off fireworks on the Fourth of July soon found vehicles on fire in their driveway, and that fire spread to their home.
Fire crews arrived to find at least two vehicles on fire at a home in the P section of Palm Coast just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“The fire was contained to the garage and fire spread was contained to there, which it did not impact the rest of the home,” said Lt. Patrick Juliano with the Palm Coast Fire Department. “But there was significant smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the residence.”
The homeowner told firefighters that they had been shooting off fireworks earlier in the evening, but the spent fireworks were left in a trash can between the vehicles. Firefighters believe the spent fireworks ignited and the flames rapidly spread to the vehicles.
No one was hurt.
Juliano says spent fireworks should be doused with water and placed in the trash only once they have cooled, and you should keep that container away from the home.
He also points out that you can’t use personal fireworks in Palm Coast.
“Leave the shows to the pros, I know everybody likes to use fireworks but in Palm Coast, we do have an ordinance,” Juliano said.
The city’s ordinance said people caught lighting or storing personal fireworks by a deputy face a misdemeanor charge. The Palm Coast ordinance is not preempted by Florida law which allows personal fireworks on July 4.
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