Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals: Santa Clara Urges the Community to Celebrate Safely During the 4th of July
Fireworks are illegal in Santa Clara and most of Santa Clara County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 28, 2019
Captain Wahid Kazem, Police Public Information Officer, 408-615-4864 or email@example.com
Battalion Chief Drew Miller, Fire Public Information Officer, 408-615-4900 / 408) 784-6228 (24 hr. line) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Castro, Recreation Manager, 408-615-3140 or email@example.com
Lenka Wright, Director of Communications, 408-615-5515 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The City of Santa Clara wants everyone to stay safe over the 4th of July holiday. You can still celebrate Independence Day with a bang but only by attending permitted professional fireworks shows, such as the 4th of July All-City Picnic & Fireworks Extravaganza at Central Park.
The City is reminding residents that the possession and discharge of any fireworks, including “Safe and Sane” fireworks, are illegal in Santa Clara and in most of Santa Clara County. Illegal fireworks include: bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and sparklers.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured bad enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Fireworks also start an average of 18,500 fires each year. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit - hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. Sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. Instead, use glow sticks!
Please do not engage in illegal fireworks – it’s inconsiderate to your neighbors, needlessly scares veterans, children and pets, is unsafe and could lead to fines. Illegal fireworks are dangerous, should not be used, and pose a hazard to you and the community.
Report Illegal Fireworks
Residents are asked to report the following circumstances:
- Injury - call 9-1-1
- Fire - call 9-1-1
- Property damage - non-emergency number, 408-615-5580
- Sale of fireworks - non-emergency number, 408-615-5580
- Knowledge of an exact location where fireworks are being set off, call the non-emergency number, 408-615-5580
Administrative citations may be issued to violators as staffing allows. The fine for the first infraction is $250 and/or up to $1000 and/or jail for up to 6 months. The penalty is more severe if the discharge of fireworks results in a personal injury or property damage.
Santa Clara Municipal Code section 15.60.280 states: The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling, and use of fireworks, including those fireworks classified as Safe and Sane by the California State Fire Marshal, are prohibited.
Attend a Safe-Sanctioned Public Fireworks Show
The community is encouraged to enjoy permitted fireworks shows held by licensed professionals in Santa Clara.
- City of Santa Clara 4th of July All-City Picnic & Fireworks Extravaganza at Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. on Thursday, July 4, 2019 starting at 12 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. SantaClaraCA.gov/4thofjuly
- California’s Great America hosts a fireworks show on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019 at 9:45 p.m. Admission requires park tickets, military personnel admission is free. www.cagreatamerica.com
About the City of Santa Clara
Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with a population of 120,000. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50. For more information, go to SantaClaraCA.gov.