Small Petaluma Grass Fire Possibly Linked to Fireworks

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    Spent fireworks might have caused a small grass fire on the edge of Petaluma Friday evening, according to fire and city officials.

    The grass fire at Norfolk and Lennox drives was reported at 5:15 p.m.

    The fire was spreading at a moderate speed but firefighters were able to hold it to somewhere over 2 acres, according to Battalion Chief Phil Sutsos.

    A witness saw four juveniles running from the area and pointed them out.

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    Officials detained the juveniles for questioning and found material that could have been spent fireworks in the area, but could not be certain that they cause the fire.

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    The juveniles were released without charge and the fire's cause remains under investigation, Sutsos said.

    Officials said the fire should serve as a "wake up call" for residents setting off fireworks.

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    "When we sell fireworks we are playing with fire and eventually we will suffer the consequences with a serious loss of property and perhaps life," said Mayor David Glass.