Stay Safe this Independence Day
Did you know that all forms of fireworks are illegal in the City of San Jose? The City of San José fireworks ban applies to all types of fireworks. (City of San Jose Municipal Code 17.12.940)
Illegal fireworks not only include large bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers but also the popular ‘sparklers,’ usually reserved for younger children.
Sparklers can reach over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. They account for50 percent of fireworks-related injuries to children under the age of five and 10 percent of fireworks-related injuries overall.
The fines for illegal fireworks-related violations are increasing in San José. As of May 26, 2016 the fines for a first violation will be $500, a second violation will be $700, and a third violation will be $1,000. Code enforcement officers, park rangers, and some fire officials can issue these administrative fines to anyone who sells, uses, possesses or stores illegal fireworks.