If you bring the boom then you better have the big bucks!
City officials in San Jose have announced that they enacting an ordinance that will hold homeowners and party hosts responsible for any illegal fireworks that they or their guests set off.
The ordinance will act as a deterrent for any illegal fireworks in the city during big events such as the Fourth of July.
San Jose will have it in place by July with fines starting at $1,000 for a first offense.
“People already know it’s illegal. They just don’t care,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez, who also added that the ordinance is designed to take out the guessing game of who’s responsible for the illegal fireworks when traced to a home or house party.
Last Fourth of July, the San Jose Fire Department said that they responded to so many spot fires caused by illegal fireworks that they couldn’t keep up.
“Our firefighters were stretched beyond their limits and we did need to reach out for mutual aid from the county for support,” said San Jose Fire Department spokesperson Erica Ray.