Enforce Illegal Fireworks laws in San Jose

Enforce Illegal Fireworks laws in San Jose

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Mark Scrivener started this petition to San Jose Police department and

The residents of San Jose have been terrorized by illegal fireworks for years and the problem is only getting worse. Commercial grade mortars and other percussive fireworks shake homes for blocks, rattle windows and vibrate interior walls. Their use has started fires (with at least one house fire), caused the death of multiple animals, created extreme stress for vulnerable residents, and left ears ringing and nerves rattled for residents who never even stepped outside.

During this time the city of San Jose has conducted half-hearted PR campaigns against illegal fireworks and tried to enlist citizens as law enforcement by requiring those who wish to report illegal fireworks to fill out a detailed report with names of the offenders, photographs, and addresses. The city of San Jose has stopped taking 911 calls for illegal fireworks activity (even when the noise in your house is so loud you can hardly make the call) and directs you to a number where a non law enforcement answering service tells you to fill out a form. Only a small number of fireworks citations are issued by SJPD each year, yet local parks and streets all over the city look like a war zone. Clearly SJPD has zero interest in enforcing fireworks bans and has been negligent in protecting residents from this very real threat.

We call on the Major of San Jose and the City Counsel to require SJPD to actively enforce fireworks restrictions, patrol local parks and neighborhoods where there is known fireworks activity, and aggressively issue citations for violators. SJPD should also follow the lead of other cities and seize fireworks being sold openly on Craigslist, Facebook, and other public market places. Failure to take these actions is gross negligence by city leadership and the voters will hold them accountable. 

 

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