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All Types of Fireworks Are Illegal in San Jose

All types of fireworks, even those labeled 'safe and sane' are illegal in San José and most of Santa Clara County, including large bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and sparklers. Sparklers can reach over 1,000°F and account for most fireworks-related injuries to children ages five and under.

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.

Penalties. 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.

Fireworks are dangerous and have caused many fires, costly property damage and severe injury. Fireworks are also frightening to many pets and wildlife with the peak loss of pets during the year occurring on the 4th of July. Fireworks are also toxic pollutants both to air and water. You can help create a safer, healthier community by enjoying fireworks only at permitted public displays.

Report Fireworks Using the Online Form

Our online reporting form will be available year-around beginning December 16, 2019. This form serves to map where fireworks are being used and, with accurate information, may result in the issuance of citations to fireworks users. Using the form will not result in enforcement officers being immediately dispatched to the scene. It should not be used to report an emergency. Always call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

Terms Of Use

This program serves to deter the use of illegal fireworks and promote public safety through collaboration between the City of San José (City) and the community we serve. Accordingly, all form submitters agree to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Any photo or video footage containing or related to illegal fireworks use that is submitted may be used by the City as evidence during any stage of an investigation. 
  2. Under no circumstances shall residents who report the use of illegal fireworks construe that they are acting as an agent or employee of the City, San José Fire Department, or the San José Police Department.
  3. The City will contact you to confirm the contents of this complaint using the phone number or email address provided herein. If the responsible party contests his/her citation, you will be asked to provide evidence regarding this complaint. By submitting this information, I understand and agree to the above policy and terms of use.