Fireworks are classified as explosives and have caused loss of hands, eyesight, and have even been fatal. Fireworks have caused many fires and costly property damage. Fireworks use is frightening to many pets as well as wildlife, and the peak loss of pets during the year occurs over the 4th of July. Fireworks are also toxic pollutants both to air and water. You can help create a safer, healthier community by enjoying fireworks only at permitted public displays and by not using fireworks in your neighborhood.
All types of fireworks are banned in San José and most of Santa Clara County, including: large bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and sparklers. Sparklers can reach over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and account for most fireworks-related injuries to children ages 5 and under.
San José Municipal Code 10.17.100 states that except for professional, permitted displays, it is unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer or expose for sale, or use or explode any fireworks.
Penalties. The fines for using fireworks are:
$500 for a first violation
$700 for a second violation
$1,000 for a third violation
The sale of fireworks may result in a fine up to $50,000 plus jail time, depending on quantity.
The use of illegal firework can be reported online at:
For more information on fireworks in the City of San Jose: