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Rockets are a safety hazard and shouldn't be launched in public parks

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Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 12:00 am

I just rescued my 30-pound dog from the traffic of Century Boulevard. Though rather large, she was able to squeeze between the fence post and the gate and frantically run from Beckman Park as a man was shooting off rockets.

After he shot the first one, I asked him to warn people so that both I and my dog would not be startled again, but to no avail.

At the second shot, she broke my hold and ran.

As he was preparing a third shot, I told him that this park allows dogs off leash and he was scaring the dogs. He laughed and said, "It's a public park, not my problem." I told him that rockets and fireworks are illegal in Lodi without a permit. He said I was wrong as he "looked up the regulations and rockets are legal." He lied.

I am not writing this for him. I really doubt that he reads the paper. I am writing this for all the dog lovers who come to the parks: Be on the lookout for him, if he dares come again to any park and claims his right to shoot rockets, as he is breaking the law (Code No. 9.12.010), and call the police.

I was lucky as my dog survived crossing Century Boulevard with heavy traffic. The next dog and owner may not be that lucky.

Marilyn Hughes

Lodi

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