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updated: 7/1/2011 2:52 PM

Mundelein to enforce fireworks ban

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Submitted by Mundelein Police Department

When it comes to backyard fireworks, only mild devices like snakes, glow worm pellets, smoke devices, sparklers and party poppers will be allowed in Mundelein on Independence Day weekend.

Residents possessing or igniting even small amounts of the contraband explosives could be fined or arrested, police Chief Raymond Rose said.

"Our goal is to keep fireworks away from people and keep children in our community safe," Rose said.

Fireworks are illegal across Illinois but not in neighboring states.

Mundelein police will enforce the law this weekend to reduce the number of injuries and fires caused each year by illegal fireworks.

Under the same zero-tolerance policy last year, Mundelein police arrested five people on illegal fireworks charges, Rose said.

"Too many times we have seen people seriously injured from the use of fireworks," he said.

Rose encouraged people to attend any of the many professional fireworks shows scheduled for this holiday weekend across Lake County and the suburbs.

Mundelein's show is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the Mundelein Community Days fairgrounds, Seymour Avenue at Courtland Street.

"The village of Mundelein has an excellent fireworks display every year," Rose said. "You can sit back, enjoy the show, and have a happy and safe Fourth of July."