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Los Altos Police Department
Monday June 29th, 2015 :: 04:39 p.m. PDT


Celebrate the 4th of July Responsibly - Leave the Fireworks to the Pros

Each year, Independence Day celebrations result in emergency rooms being flooded with fireworks-related injuries. Despite the dangers of illegal fireworks, few people understand the associated risks, which include devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death.

The County of Santa Clara recently passed a new Ordinance which expands the ban of fireworks to include those labeled “Safe and Sane,” such as sparklers, spinners and snakes. Although some of us grew up with these types of fireworks, they are the biggest contributor to burn injuries to children and possession or use of them is now a misdemeanor offense.

With the severe drought conditions across the State, our communities are at even greater risk of fire due to illegal use of fireworks. The National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area announced today a rapid rise in temperatures is expected over the next few days, further contributing to the fire-risk.

We ask that you please celebrate the 4th of July responsibly and leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Public Firework Displays

Several public fireworks displays are planned in the area and residents are urged to help prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks by attending one of the following events:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheater, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy., 8:00 pm

Milpitas: Milpitas Sports Center Complex, 1325 E Calaveras Blvd., 9:15 pm

Morgan Hill: Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Rd, 9:30 pm

Santa Clara: Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd., 9:30 pm

Gilroy: Gilroy High School (Sports Field), 750 W. 10th St., 9:00 pm

San Jose:

Downtown Discovery Meadow Park, 180 Woz Way, 9:00 pm

Almaden Lake Park, 15652 Almaden Expressway, 9:00 pm

San Jose Giants, 588 E. Alma Ave., display begins after the SJ Giants baseball game

Calling 9-1-1 About Fireworks

On the 4th of July, 911 centers can become overloaded with non-emergency calls. Please DO NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from Police, Fire or Medics. All other callers are asked to dial the Los Altos Police Department non-emergency number at (650) 947-2770.

We hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day.

Los Altos Police Department
1 N San Antonio Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-947-2770

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