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Fireworks are illegal in the City of Hayward

June 11, 2019

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As the July 4th holiday approaches, the Hayward Police Department is reminding residents and property owners that fireworks are illegal in the City of Hayward.

Fireworks are classified as explosives, and annually are a cause of maiming injury, fire and fright for people, pets and wildlife.

Specifically, the Hayward Municipal Codes states: “It shall be unlawful for any person at any time, to fire or discharge or cause to be fired or discharged any…fireworks or explosive preparation of any nature whatsoever, within the City of Hayward.”

Under City and State law, homeowners, landlords and tenants can be held civilly and criminally liable for unpermitted firework use on private or public property or that creates a nuisance.

The Hayward Police and Fire departments encourage residents to support a safer and healthier community by enjoying fireworks only at permitted public displays and by not using fireworks anywhere in the City.