Snap, click and report them online. As the 4th of July holiday approaches, we need your help to keep our community safe and prevent injuries and fires caused by illegal fireworks. If you see illegal firework activity:
SNAP: Take a photo or video of the person using illegal fireworks if you can safely do so
CLICK: www.sanjoseca.gov/fireworks or visit the 311 mobile app on your smartphone
REPORT: Complete the online report in as much detail as possible to assist the City with taking enforcement action.
All fireworks, even those labeled ‘safe and sane’ are dangerous and illegal to own, sell or use in San José. Fines for using illegal fireworks now begin at $1,000 and the sale of fireworks can cost up to $50,000 plus jail time, depending on the quantity. Under San José’s Social Host Ordinance, property owners and individuals hosting gatherings where illegal fireworks are used will be held responsible for emergency response costs resulting from the use of illegal fireworks. It’s not worth it!
Over the last two Independence Day holidays, there were approximately 86 fireworks-related fires in San José. Each of these fires caused property damage, environmental damage and were 100% preventable. The National Fire Protection Association reports that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. In 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks-related injuries. Children under 15 years accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2017 injuries.
Please help avoid injuries and damage caused by illegal fireworks use this 4th of July. A social media toolkit containing graphics and sample safety messages is also available on the city’s fireworks webpage for those who would like to help spread the word that fireworks are dangerous and illegal.
As always, if you observe an active fire or experience a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.