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Fireworks Are Illegal
All fireworks are illegal in San José.Fireworks are illegal
You can help get the message out:

  1. The form for reporting fireworks use is now closed.
    The City may reopen the form or alternative reporting method at the next season of significant fireworks use. Thank you for your participation in reporting fireworks use.
  2. Post one of our "Fireworks are Illegal" lawn signs in front of your home or business. Pick up a lawn sign at one of our community centers
  3. Distribute our anti-fireworks flyers, available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Download the flyers or for printed copies, email

    The City's fireworks ban applies to all types of fireworks, including:
    • large bottle rockets
    • roman candles
    • firecrackers 
    • even ‘sparklers’ that are 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.

Nationally, there are twice the number of fires during July's fireworks use and thousands of injuries, particularly for children ages five to 14. Instead of using illegal fireworks, we encourage you to take family and friends to one of the local, professional fireworks shows. 

About the Fireworks Ordinance
San José Municipal Code 10.17.100  - 
Except where otherwise expressly provided in this Code, it is 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 full 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. 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 increases its enforcement efforts during the 4th of July holiday.