Independence Day is just around the corner, and several nonprofit groups in Lodi are ready to help you celebrate.
For the second year in a row, “safe and sane” fireworks are permitted for sale in Lodi and use on private property. Six local groups earned the right to set up booths and sell some sparklers, TNT Pop-Its and a wide variety of legal explosives.
Lodi Fire Marshal Gene Stoddard wants would-be thieves to know that the inventory from each fireworks booth is removed to a secure location overnight. Stoddard personally inspected each booth twice to give them the seal of approval for sales.
Folks are allowed to light the legal fireworks from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. until the Fourth of July.
- Want to help out the Tokay Junior Tigers? Head to 520 S. Cherokee Lane, in the Kmart parking lot.
- Vineyard Christian Middle School is managing a booth at 520 W. Lodi Ave., in the S-Mart Foods parking lot.
- The Lodi Sister Cities Committee is selling fireworks in the Applebee’s parking lot, 2430 W. Kettleman Lane.
- Just down the street, the Lodi Unified School District’s GOT Kids Foundation is selling at a booth at 2350 W. Kettleman Lane, near Taco Bell.
- A little farther down the road, the Pregnancy Resource Center has a booth at 1000 W. Kettleman Lane, in the CVS parking lot.
- First Baptist Church is selling fireworks in the Raley’s parking lot, 311 Lower Sacramento Road.
In Galt, four groups earned the right to fundraise with fireworks.
The Knights of Columbus, the Galt Area Historical Society, the Galt Rotary Club and Calvary Life Tabernacle Church are selling fireworks on the corner of Fairsite Court and Caroline Avenue. From now until July 4, the booths are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at firstname.lastname@example.org.