Vandals setting off fireworks in front of Alpine homes

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 08:31:46-04

ALPINE, Calif. (KGTV) --Families in Alpine are hoping surveillance video leads to the vandals who are setting off fireworks dangerously close to homes.

It's happened at least twice in the last week in the area of River Dance Way off of Highlands View Road, but many people are commenting on social media about similar incidents.

Jessica Good says she woke up to a flash of light just after midnight last Sunday. 

"I thought I heard the sound of feet running down the street, that type of sound," said Good.

The next day, she found a Jumbo California Candle Firework wedged between a stick and her rose bush. It was steps away from her new car, just under where her children were sleeping and aimed directly at a tree.

She asked her neighbor to check her surveillance footage, what the video showed alarmed both of them.

"When I saw the video, and I saw how bright it actually was and how much it lit up the whole side of our house right under their windows when they were sleeping, it just freaked me out, big time," said Good.

The video shows three people, who appear to be teenagers, drive up to her house with the car lights off. They get out, a flash of light can be seen, and they run back to their car. They start to leave, but stop and back up. One of them gets out and records the firework going off with his phone.

"I don't think their intention is harm. I think their intention is to get a laugh out of it not realizing the danger they created," said Good.

Neighbors are especially concerned given the triple-digit temperatures and recent Red Flag Warning.


"If this tree caught on fire, it could have got their house, anything, and it's the middle of the night, none of us would have been expecting any of that and it might be too late to do anything," said Good.

Jill DePrizio's posted the video on social media hoping someone recognizes the kids.

"At first thinking they're teenagers, they're doing stupid things, but when I actually went back and looked at it and saw the huge fireworks and the smoke and everything I realized it was a lot more serious than I originally thought, " said DePrizio, who lost her home in the 2003 Cedar Fire.

"We didn't have any damage for as big as the sparks flew and how bright the glow was but others around have had damage," said Good.

A family nearby had their artificial turf burned when someone threw what appeared to be smoke bombs on the lawn.

The teens appear to be in a gray 4-door Sedan. The Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information to call 858-565-5200.