A thousand tiny lights splatter across the blackened sky. The following rumble shakes eardrums as the crowd signs a gentle "ooh." The magic of fireworks touches young and old, but in unsafe conditions, those few moments of magic can turn to disaster.

In most areas of San Bernardino County, the possession of any kind of firework is illegal for the most obvious of reasons; they have the potential to cause wildfires.

In fact, a recent press release from the San Bernardino County Fire Department said, "according to the National Fire Protection Association, on a typical 4th of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined."

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and the San Bernardino County Fire Department, along with the California Highway Patrol, will be running a series of Fireworks Interdiction Checkpoints on the roads leading to the local mountains. The County is taking these measures to avoid the kind of tragedy which recently took place in the Lake Tahoe area.

"Safe and sane" fireworks are allowed in some areas of San Bernardino County including Adelanto, Chino, Colton (specific areas only), Fontana (city area only), Grand Terrace, Rialto, and San Bernardino (specific areas only).

Residents of Hesperia shouldn't be discouraged though. The city of Victorville is hosting a fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4th at the San Bernardino County Fair Grounds. The gates for this free "Tropical Escape" themed show open at 2 p.m. with carnival rides, food, and music. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.