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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2007 10:00 pm

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.

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  • posted at 11:38 pm on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    Some drunk teens and fire works... If thats all you have to worry about you should be happy. How many reidents that complain about the teenage drinking problem in our town drank while they were in school? Im pretty sure all of them.

  • posted at 6:18 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    I was at the lake the whole day and did not once see any drunk teen. But then the lake is pretty big. And so much for LPD doing anything about people with illegal fireworks. I called about a person by where I live and the LPD never showed up. They were aming the fireworks at people, and peoples homes.

  • posted at 3:57 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    I hope children didn'y have to witness this gross display of irresponsibility. These are the very reasons we avoid these type of events in Lodi.

  • posted at 3:24 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    Once again, I guess the parents were too stoned to know what their kids were doing.

  • posted at 3:00 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    What is up with anpther drunken teenager in Lodi and at a very public family event? Is almost like these kids are TRYING to get caught?Where was this boys parents at? Why does this keep happening? The names of this kids parents need to be printed in the paper. When is the madness going to stop?

  • posted at 2:48 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    Here we are again. Another 13 year old teenager drunk. Thats total disrespect for our Veterans, not to mention anone in attendance of the 4th of july celebration at the lake. Whose gonna whine about it today on these boards? Come on, tell us how he is the victim today????

  • posted at 2:41 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    This is old news! I'm so disappointed that LNS seems to always be at least a step behind everyone else. This story was on the news 2 days ago and they're just now getting to it. It would be nice if you could stay current and up to speed like Recordnet.com or even sfgate.com. BTW, is the Lion's Club still in need of help? If so, who can we call? That could've been in the story too.

  • posted at 2:37 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    So I guess the 4th didn't go off without a hitch afterall. Looks like we have another teenage drunk and possiblty a b&e, arson, vandalism, etc done by teenagers also. i'm going to check out the regional roundup.

  • posted at 2:29 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2007.


    probably those drunk, unruly lodi teens are responsible for this! they had to get their kicks somewhere else!



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