Archived News Release from 2008
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Reinforces Absolute Ban on Fireworks
Redwood City, CA - June 26, 2008 - The Redwood City Fire Department is reminding the public of its absolute ban on fireworks. Fireworks are the cause of thousands of fires and injuries throughout the United States on the 4 th of July, as well as during the days before and after this holiday. These fires and injuries are preventable, when people comply with local laws prohibiting the use of fireworks. As most people know, this year’s fire season is off to a particularly bad start throughout the state, with numerous fires, injuries, and property damage, so the ban on fireworks becomes even more important for the safety of our community.
The International Fire Code adopted by the City of Redwood City prohibits any type of fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” variety. The only permitted use of fireworks is for professional fireworks shows, such as that which takes place at the Port of Redwood City, sponsored by the Peninsula Celebration Association.
Redwood City Police and Fire staff will be making an extraordinary effort this year to be on the lookout for fireworks throughout the 4 th of July holiday period. Any person caught in possession of fireworks will have them confiscated and will be subject to a citation. Fireworks obtained in other jurisdictions may not be brought into or used within Redwood City.
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 will be posted with a sign saying “No Fireworks in Redwood City.” The signs feature bright red letters on a white background to make them very visible to passing motorists. 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. The fire department website is www.redwoodcity.org/fire.
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Administrative Chief/Fire Marshal
Redwood City Fire Department