As the 4th of July holiday approaches, the City of Union City wants to remind residents about fireworks regulations that are in place to ensure that residents can safely enjoy the use of fireworks.
There is a zero tolerance policy for illegal fireworks in Union City. The use of anything other than the State-approved “safe and sane” fireworks is prohibited and subject to enforcement by an administrative citation and fine of up to $500. Public signage indicating the City’s zero tolerance enforcement policy are placed each year at all entrances into the City’s jurisdiction.
The City’s Fireworks Ordinance requires that for the following rules to be followed as it relates to the use of “safe and sane” fireworks.
Public Safety Enforcement and Reporting Illegal Fireworks
Union City Police and Alameda County Fire are carrying out a public safety plan that will include additional patrol and fire units deployed throughout the city. The Police Department receives a high volume of calls every July 4 related to fireworks investigations, so please expect that response may be delayed as a result. The Police Department appreciates in advance the communities help and patience. If you have a complaint about loud fireworks, please call the Police Departments Non-Emergency line at (510) 471-1365 and choose option #1.
Pets and Small Children
We highly encourage you to keep pets, small children and people with noise sensitivity away from fireworks or even indoors to avoid all risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that in 2017, an estimated 12,900 people were treated in hospital for fireworks related injuries with children younger than 15 years old accounting for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated injuries.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
Have a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday!