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Report Illegal Fireworks
To report a fireworks-related violation within San José city limits:

Report illegal fireworks here

If you cannot use the online form:

3-1-1 or 408-277-8900
Note: that in San José, 311 service is not available from all cell phones. 

Emergency Dispatch at 9-1-1, or (408) 277-8911

If you are reporting a crime in progress or other emergency in San José.
Fireworks Are Illegal
Fireworks are illegalAll fireworks are illegal in San José. You can help get the message out:

1, Report fireworks use. Click the Fireworks Reporting Tool in the sidebar.

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.