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Fed up with fireworks?

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

Report illegal firework activity online at Snap a picture and complete the report fully so we can take action to cite violators.

¿Harto de los fuegos artificiales? Denuncie la actividad ilegal de fuegos artificiales en línea en Tome una foto y complete el informe para que nosotros podamos tomar medidas para citar a los infractores.

Mệt mỏi với pháo hoa? Báo cáo hoạt động bắn pháo hoa bất hợp pháp trực tuyến tại Chụp ảnh và hoàn thành báo cáo đầy đủ để chúng tôi có thể phạt những người vi phạm.


Report illegal fireworks using our online form. Complete the form fully and include as much detail as possible. All reports will be reviewed and if sufficient information and evidence is provided, the City’s Code Enforcement Division will issue a warning or citation. Using the form will not result in enforcement officers being immediately dispatched to the scene. It should not be used to report an emergency.

Always call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.


Review a list of fun activities to celebrate the Fourth of July safely.


All types of fireworks, even those labeled 'safe and sane' are illegal in San José and most of Santa Clara County, including large bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and sparklers. Sparklers can reach over 1,000°F and account for most fireworks-related injuries to children ages five 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 (within 18 months of the previous violation)

  • $1,000 for a third violation (within 18 months of the previous violation)

  • The sale of fireworks may result in a fine of up to $50,000 plus jail time, depending on quantity.

Fireworks are dangerous and have caused many fires, costly property damage and severe injury. Fireworks are also frightening to many pets and wildlife with the peak loss of pets during the year occurring on the 4th of July. Fireworks are also toxic pollutants both to air and water.


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