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Fireworks ‘Just Not Worth It’

San José Residents Can Report Violators Online

Post Date:06/26/2020 4:30 PM

SJFD Fire Prevention Inspector Jamal Fountaine explains how San José residents can report illegal fireworks.
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As the Fourth of July approaches, the City of San José and Santa Clara County Fire Department would like to remind residents that all types of fireworks, even those labeled 'safe and sane,' are illegal in San José and most of Santa Clara County. Fireworks are dangerous and can result in easily preventable fires and injuries. Residents will incur fines for using, possessing, storing, or selling illegal fireworks. Santa Clara County’s ‘social host’ Fireworks Ordinance also holds property owners responsible for illegal use of fireworks on their property.


San José residents can “Snap, Click and Report” violators online:

  1. SNAP: Safely take a photo or video of the person participating in the illegal activity.
  2. CLICK: Visit
  3. REPORT: Fill out the online form with complete and accurate information. Be sure to include as much detail as possible. You can upload up to five separate photos or videos as evidence of illegal activity. 

You may also report fireworks via a 24-hour hotline at 408-535-5600 or by calling 3-1-1. All reports will be reviewed and if sufficient information and evidence are 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 also not be used to report an emergency. If there is an active fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Provide Complete Information

We have seen an increase in the number of illegal fireworks reports being filed online compared to last year, however, many reports are incomplete. When submitting an online report, please include the following:

  1. Street address (where the illegal firework activity is taking place)
  2. Building, house or apartment number (where the illegal firework activity is taking place)
  3. Complete contact information (for the reporting party)

Without this information, the City cannot take enforcement action. Staff are actively monitoring reports and identifying problem areas. This information is being shared with San José Police to inform officers of where fireworks activity is occurring. We appreciate every report we have received and urge community members to continue reporting to better inform our response.


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. 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.


This year, the Fourth of July holiday comes at a unique time when countywide measures remain in place to protect our residents and responders from COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to follow current Public Health Orders, find safe alternatives and household activities, and avoid the use of fireworks. Here's a list of fun activities to help residents celebrate the holiday safely.

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