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Reminder of City’s Ban on Personal Fireworks, and Shooting Guns in the Air

Good morning – I’m sure everyone is really looking forward to the great 4th of July Parade, Festival, Carnival, and Fireworks extravaganza coming up next week! Please see the news release for details.
In the meantime I want to remind you
  • Redwood City has an absolute ban on personal fireworks
  • Shooting a gun in the air in celebration is illegal and dangerous

Illegal fireworks are the cause of thousands of fires and injuries throughout the United States around the 4th of July. These fires and injuries are preventable when people comply with local laws prohibiting the use of fireworks. Redwood City prohibits any type of personal fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” variety. The only permitted use of fireworks is for professional fireworks shows. Anyone caught in possession of fireworks will have them confiscated and will be subject to a citation.

Celebrating the 4th of July by shooting a gun into the air is not only illegal, it can hurt or kill people. The Redwood City Police Department uses a “Shot Spotter” gunshot locator system, which determines the location of any firearm discharged in the City. The reckless discharge of a firearm is a felony and carries up to a three-year prison sentence. A gunshot telephone hotline is available at (650) 780-7639, which you can call in the event gunfire is heard, particularly during the 4th of July holiday. The Police will investigate and track down any individuals shooting guns into the air and make arrests when possible.

Redwood City Police and Fire Department staff will be making an extraordinary effort this year to be on the lookout for fireworks and gunshots throughout the 4th of July holiday period.

Fireworks are illegal in most parts of San Mateo County, and other jurisdictions share Redwood City’s desire to maintain a safe 4th of July holiday. To fully inform the community of Redwood City’s prohibition on fireworks, all main roadway entrances into the City are posted with “No Fireworks in Redwood City” signs.

The City’s goal in this effort is for the community to have a safe, fun 4th of July holiday, and to prevent fire or injury incidents related to fireworks.

Thanks,

~malcolm

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