San Jose cracking down on illegal fireworks with online reporting tool

Bay Area

While most people are happy with “official” fireworks shows, the illegal variety continues to be a problem.

The City of San Jose is once again calling on residents to take advantage of it’s online illegal fireworks reporting tool.

With high winds expected to lash the region through New Year’s Day, structure fires could spread much faster and despite recent rains, there are still some places where fireworks could spark a vegetation fire.

As a scene from the morning of July 5 clearly shows, some people are either unaware of or are simply ignoring warnings about celebrating with fireworks and are risking injury.

Fire Chief Robert Sapien Jr. is calling on the community to help stop the use, possession and sale of illegal fireworks.

Residents are being urged to “snap, click and report violations online. Snap a photo of the alleged violator, log in to the city’s online reporting tool and provide as much information as possible. One can upload up to five separate photos or videos.

Code enforcement will follow up with possible citations of $500 for a first offense.

There are no permitted shows scheduled in San Jose on New Year’s Eve so any fireworks one might see will be illegal and subject to reporting and a possible fine.

The city’s online reporting tool will remain active through Jan. 6 and again for the Lunar New Year starting on Feb. 1.

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