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Fireworks Rules & Laws
Don't play with fireworks.Rules & Laws Regarding Fireworks
All fireworks are illegal in San José.

The City of San José fireworks ban applies to all types
of fireworks. 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 for 50 percent of fireworks-related injuries
to children under the age of five and 10 percent of fireworks-related injuries overall.

Holiday Safety
Nationally, there are twice the number of fires and thousands of injuries, particularly for children ages 5 - 14. Gather with family and friends, and enjoy one of the many professionally performed fireworks shows available locally. 

About the Fireworks Ordinance
The City of San Jose Municipal Code 10.17.100

Sale and Use of Fireworks:
Except where otherwise expressly provided in this Code, it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks. (Including Sparklers and Safe and Sane Fireworks)

Read the ordinance.

Stiffer Penalties for Illegal Fireworks Use
In April 2016, the City Council approved higher fines for the sale, use, possession, or storage of fireworks. Now, the fines for fireworks-related violations are $500 for a first violation, $700 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation. The City of San José will increase enforcement for illegal fireworks use over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Reporting Illegal Fireworks Use
To report a fireworks-related violation within San José city limits, please call 3-1-1 or (408) 277-8900.
(Note: in San José, 311 service is not available from all cellphones.)

If you are reporting a crime in progress or other emergency in San José, call Emergency Dispatch at 9-1-1, or (408) 277-8911.

4th of July Safety Bilingual Storytime
Hillview Branch Library, 1600 Hopkins Dr.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 1

This special storytime will give children an opportunity to meet their local firefighters, enjoy a bilingual storytime, have pictures taken with a fire engine and, most importantly, children will learn firework safety. For event details, visit


View flyers in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Related Documents
Fireworks Safety & Enforcement Community Event (News Release, 6/23/16)
Illegal Fireworks Public Education Campaign 2016 (Information Memo, 6/13/16)
Fines are Going Up for Illegal Fireworks (City Manager's Weekly Report, 4/22/16)
San José Steps Up Efforts to Curb Illegal Fireworks in City Limits (News Release, 4/13/16)