Hayward issues fines to enforce fireworks ban

HAYWARD, Calif. (KRON) – The city of Hayward received 359 fireworks complaints on July 4 and the next morning it announced in a press release In Monday. In May, the city instituted a new policy to enforce its fireworks ban.

“Fireworks of any type are illegal in Hayward, yet their continued use during holidays and other special events is an ongoing concern and frustration for residents and firefighters alike,” the city said.

In addition to fireworks complaints, the city responded to 27 fires during the holiday. Authorities were able to link fireworks activity to 94 different addresses in the city.

The owners of 59 properties received fines, which is part of the the city’s plan to quell the fireworks. Its nuisance ordinance was updated on May 5, allowing people to be fined if illegal fireworks take place on their property.

Fines increase incrementally from $1,200 to $3,000 to $5,000 with each incident. They may be issued if a city code enforcement staff member witnesses fireworks or if the city confirms an incident reported by the public.

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“While it remains to be seen whether the new order will prove to be an effective deterrent, the Hayward Police Department and Code Enforcement Division have been working hard to enforce it,” the police said. town.