"Safe and Sane" fireworks are now on sale in Dublin, one of the few cities in the Bay Area where such sales are allowed to be sold by local non-profit organizations.
Those with fireworks can use them only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday, July 4 only.
Users also must be Dublin residents and will be allowed to use them at the Dublin Sports Grounds at Dublin Boulevard and Civic Plaza), and in three parks: Alamo Creek Park, Dougherty Road and Willow Creek Drive; Emerald Glen Park, Tassajara Road and Gleason Drive, and Shannon Park Shannon Avenue and San Ramon Valley Road.
However, Dublin home owners can set off fireworks at anytime during the period fireworks are being sold on their properties. No fireworks of any type will be permitted at multi-housing units, at any undesignated Dublin park, or at any city facility or public school.
City representatives urged those buying fireworks to observe the following safety precautions:
Always read and follow the safety directions.
Never take fireworks apart to build your own fireworks.
Never allow children to use fireworks without adult supervision.
Only light one device at a time, and remain a safe distance away after lighting the device.
Never try to re-light or handle "dud" fireworks (faulty and unexploded fireworks).
Officials added that fireworks should always be used in safe, open areas and away from buildings, combustibles, dry vegetation, and, especially, people and animals. Also, a connected garden hose should be ready nearby and a pail of water kept handy for disposal of spent fireworks and "duds."
Pet owners are advised to keep pets indoors on July 4, as many animals become extremely agitated by the sights and sounds of fireworks. Some of these pets will even run into the streets and away from home in an attempt to flee fireworks activity that is distressing to them.
Illegal fireworks, which explode in the air or move along the ground, always pose a higher threat, as sparks from illegal fireworks may ignite a fire on dry vegetation or rooftops.
Fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, are not allowed in Pleasanton.
Dublin and Pleasanton police will be increasing enforcement efforts, and there will be dedicated law enforcement and firefighters overseeing the parks, as well as other officers patrolling elsewhere throughout the two cities.
Penalties for those caught selling or using these types of fireworks can include stiff fines and jail time.
Other Bay Area cities where fireworks can be purchased include Newark, Pacifica, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, San Bruno and Union City.