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 https://events.sjpl.org/event/4th_of_july_safety_bilingual_storytime?.
View flyers in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
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)