Vandals started a fire that caused $10,000 worth of damage when they tried to use a cutting torch to break into a fireworks storage container in Galt, and a few other incidents marked this year's Fourth of July holiday.
In Lodi, a 13-year-old boy was found drunk at Lodi Lake, requiring that he be taken to a hospital.
Police across the region had plenty of calls for illegal fireworks, and Lodi animal control officers had their hands full with scared dogs that escaped from residents' yards during the city's public fireworks display.
The Galt incident happened sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Tim Curran, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
The Lions Club sells fireworks on Twin Cities Road near Highway 99 as a fund-raiser for its charity work, and late Tuesday member Reuven Epstein put all the fireworks into a heavy-duty storage container. He put three padlocks on the box and headed home, returning the next morning to find damage.
Someone had taken a cutting torch to the side of the box, but apparently fled after the tool hit fireworks inside and started a fire. The blaze didn't have enough air to get going, but smoke and soot damaged the entire contents.
Curran said there are no suspects, but said witnesses may have seen a bright light from the cutting torch. He asked anyone with information to call (916) 974-5115.
The fireworks supply company brought more fireworks to the booth, which was able to reopen around 1 p.m. Wednesday, Epstein said.
Then, at 6:15 p.m., Lodi police were monitoring the crowds at Lodi Lake's holiday events when a 13-year-old boy was found drunk. He had apparently gone to the lake with friends, but they were nowhere to be seen when officers arrived, Lt. Chet Somera said.
The boy, who could not walk without assistance, was taken to the hospital.
At 8:05 p.m., police were called about teens with fireworks at the lake. Officers found several youths, some of whom were on probation, and cited one for possession of marijuana, Somera said. Most police calls Wednesday night regarded illegal fireworks. In one instance, someone reportedly threw a firecracker at a man on Jerry Lane in Lodi. At 9:49 p.m., someone threw a firecracker at a Lodi police car near Hutchins and Tokay streets, but the suspect got away.