July 1, 2009
The possession and use of fireworks within San Francisco city limits is illegal. The police will enforce drinking in public and public nuisance violations, as well as the sale, possession, and discharging of fireworks violations. Through the efforts of its fireworks task force, the distribution and sale of fireworks in Chinatown has been substantially abated.
On the Fourth of July, the Fire Department responds to both fireworks-related fire calls and to emergencies involving people with injuries resulting from the use of fireworks. On the Fourth of July last year, Fire Department personnel responded to 12 fire calls. Nationwide, each year more than 12,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms on the Fourth of July holiday. Nearly one-half of these injuries are to children under the age of 15. Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White encourages the public to act safely and responsibly, especially when around children. Fireworks have no place in the hands of our children, she said.
Police Chief Heather Fong warned about the dangers of fireworks, which have been known to cause explosions with major property damage. Fireworks, too, have a traumatic effect on pets, causing stress and inducing panic. And because of the major fires that are raging through California woodlands, the dangers of fireworks should be much more in the public's consciousness. For the safety of individuals and the protection of property, whether buildings or park areas, people should obey the laws prohibiting fireworks within San Francisco, Chief Fong said. The safety of everyone is paramount, she stated.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs Office
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103