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Pleasanton police provide safety tips for July 4

Fireworks show at Fairgrounds could attract 50,000

With the Alameda County Fair once again celebrating the Fourth of July with a fireworks show. Pleasanton police are offering a few safety tips for the night of the show.

This celebration is expected to attract up to 50,000 people to the fairgrounds and areas around the fairgrounds, according to Sgt. Penelope Tamm.

A big crowd will mean the roadways will be congested and driving in these areas may be slow.

Pleasanton Police Department advise avoiding the fairgrounds, the areas around the fairgrounds and the south end of town if you are not watching the fireworks show

Here are additional safety tips from the police department:

* There will be some streets that will be marked 'no parking'. They are marked so for safety reasons; please respect the signs and find another place to park.

* Please respect private property.

* The state of California and the city of Pleasanton are currently in a severe drought. Grass and other vegetation are very dry and present a serious fire hazard. Please be very careful where you park your car. With the vegetation being so dry it will be very easy for the heat of a car engine or catalytic converter to cause a fire.

* Please consider all routes out of town when you are heading back home or towards the freeways. Freeways can be accessed from Sunol Boulevard, Bernal Avenue, Stoneridge Drive, Hopyard Road, Hacienda Drive and Santa Rita Road.

* The city of Pleasanton prohibits the possession or discharge of any fireworks within the city limits. Even "Safe and Sane" fireworks can be very dangerous to people, animals and property. This year these devices present even more of a danger with the severe dry conditions. The Pleasanton Police Department has a zero tolerance policy for these violations.

* When the fireworks are being set off, they are loud. Dogs are very sensitive to the loud noise of the fireworks and it can be very scary for them. Please be sure to have your dogs secured so they do not run away out of fear.

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