As the 4th of July celebratory events are upon us, the San Francisco Fire Department is reminding all residents and visitors that San Francisco has zero tolerance for the use and sale of all fireworks.
- Each year more than 12,000 fireworks-related injuries, half of them children, are treated in hospital emergency rooms.
- More than 25% of the children injured by fireworks are innocent bystanders.
- Something as simple as a sparkler burns at temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees! That’s hot enough to melt gold.
- Firework accidents cause millions in property loss each year.
- • MUNICIPAL CODE SEC. 1290. DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS PROHIBITED.
“No person or persons, firm, company, corporation or association shall fire or discharge any fireworks of any kind or description within the limits of the City and County of San Francisco. Provided, however, that public displays of fireworks may be given with the joint written consent of the Fire Marshal and the Chief of Police”.
Possession of fireworks such as sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers, and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner can lead to a possible fine or jail time in the county jail. Even “Safe and Sane” Fireworks, such as firecrackers and sparklers, are illegal.
The San Francisco Fire Department strongly urges San Franciscans to keep themselves and their neighborhoods safe this year. Noise complaints and use of fireworks should be directed to the Police non-emergency number at: 415-553-0123. Please keep 911 available for people with police, fire, or medical emergencies. Sign up for emergency text alerts from AlertSF. Simply text your San Francisco zip code to 888-777. For citywide alerts, text AlertSF to 888-777.
San Francisco has an official free public fireworks display starting at 9:30 PM. The fireworks will be launched from barges near Pier 39 and Aquatic Park. Large crowds are expected to view the shows along the waterfront and use of public transportation is encouraged. San Franciscans and visitors are asked to do their part to prevent fires caused by fireworks.
Information for Treasure Island:
– Public viewing from TI western shoreline not encouraged this year
– On-Island parking and viewing area extremely limited now due to development construction
– TIDA encourages visitors to visit the Port of SF and the San Francisco waterfront for fireworks viewing.
For safety information and fun events in San Francisco, please check the links provided: