The Fourth of July holiday is nearly here – a time to celebrate our nation's birthday with picnics, parades and family fun. To ensure the safety of all community members, the City of San Leandro, along with its police and fire departments, has launched a concerted campaign to educate the community about its long-standing ban on fireworks and discourage fireworks use.
The City has prohibited sale, manufacturer, purchase, and use of all fireworks, even those considered "safe and sane," since the 1980's. The ban was enacted due to many public safety issues surrounding fireworks use, particularly injuries and fires. The ban also applies to anyone who allows fireworks to be set off on their property or any property under their control.
The City maintains a zero tolerance policy toward fireworks and the ban will be strictly enforced this Fourth of July weekend. Extra police and fire department staff will be on duty over the holiday, and areas where fireworks have been a problem in the past, such as public parks, will receive special attention. Individuals who violate the ban are subject to citation and/or arrest and may be required to pay substantial fines.
While fireworks may be exciting to watch, each year they injure thousands of people, many of them children, and cause thousands of fires throughout the nation. Because fireworks can be so dangerous and deadly, the safest way to enjoy them is through approved public displays conducted by professional pyrotechnicians. No public fireworks displays are sponsored this year in San Leandro, and Marina Park will be closed at 6:00 p.m. Access will remain open for restaurant, hotel and golf course patrons.
Anyone seeing illegal fireworks should contact the San Leandro Police Department at 577-2740.