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June 26, 2007 > Got fireworks?

Got fireworks?

Fourth of July has, in the past, been synonymous with fireworks but safety concerns have curtailed recent personal use and public displays. Currently, fireworks are only legal in Newark and Union City. All legal fireworks must follow the "safe and sane" policy of those two cities. In Fremont, Hayward and Milpitas, sale, possession or use of any fireworks is illegal.

The City of Newark has posted its regulations on the city website noting that only "safe and sane" fireworks are allowed and only in residential areas with the permission of property owners. No firework-related activity will be allowed in non residential areas or parks; all parks will be closed at 7:30 pm. The legal use of fireworks begins at midnight on June 30th and ends at midnight on July 4th.

Remember to use all fireworks with caution, and be aware that all illegal fireworks are absolutely forbidden. Consequences of using, selling, transporting or transferring fireworks that are not "safe and sane" include fines ranging from $500-$1,000. In addition, possession of more than one pound of black powder is considered a felony with a penalty of $5,000 and possible jail time.

The fire and police team will be patrolling all around the bay area during this holiday to supervise. Residents are urged to report any usage of illegal fireworks by calling

Fireworks tips are available from the Union City Fire Department at

Are fireworks legal?

Fremont: No
Hayward: No
Milpitas: No
Newark: Yes
Union City: Yes

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