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By Hayward FD
-- Every year in the United States, the Fourth of July is celebrated with community parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks but, sadly, Independence Day also includes fireworks-related tragedy. The safest way to enjoy them is at professionally, organized, public displays.
All fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks, are banned in Hayward and the Fairview Fire Protection District. Fireworks can be dangerous and injure severely. An estimated 9,800 people (an average of more than 26 people daily) were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from fireworks; more than half were children.
“Safe and sane” fireworks are certified by the State Fire Marshall to be devices that do not fly or explode. Spinners, smoke items, cone fountains and hand-held items are classified as “safe and sane.” Roman candles, bottle rockets and other fireworks that travel through the air or explode are banned by the State of California.
Public fireworks displays will be held at Alameda County Fair Fairgrounds, Berkeley Marina, Concord (Dave Brubeck Park), Livermore (Las Positas College), Oakland (Jack London Square), Pleasant Hill (College Park High), Richmond (Craneway Pavilion), San Francisco (Pier 39) and San Jose (Municipal Stadium).
While “safe and sane” fireworks are legal fireworks, using them in cities where they are not permitted is illegal. Users could be fined or face jail time. If you see someone playing with fireworks, even if they are the “safe and sane” variety, call the Hayward Police Department at (510) 293-7000. If a fire develops, call 911 immediately.
For more information on Disaster Preparedness and related materials visit www.hayward-ca.gov and click on the red “Disaster Preparedness” button or contact the Hayward Fire Department Emergency Services Office at (510) 583-4948.