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The Water Cooler – Should “Safe & Sane” Fireworks Be Allowed In Contra Costa County?

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The “Water Cooler” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.


Today’s question:

QUESTION: Do you think “safe & sane” fireworks should be legal in Contra Costa County, like they are in Alameda County (City of Dublin), as long as the person only uses it at his/her private residence?

Talk about it.


Bill June 17, 2022 - 12:09 PM

As dry as everything is I would say NO.

Ricardoh June 17, 2022 - 12:11 PM

The key word here is safe. That would apply to the people using the fireworks. Today I am not sure about that anymore.

Mac N Cheese June 17, 2022 - 12:13 PM

No. Unfortunately fireworks start fires and fires don’t care about property lines. No one ever means to start a fire or blow off their fingers but it still happens. I love fireworks but they need to be handled by professionals in a controlled area with emergency services on standby.

S June 17, 2022 - 12:14 PM

N, O; NO !

Four Corners June 17, 2022 - 12:23 PM

Fireworks are fun for the kids. But unfortunately we just can’t have them. We just had a 200 acre fire this morning. We live in a dry climate, during a drought and there’s lots of fuel to burn.

Roz June 17, 2022 - 12:25 PM

Yes, but sadly with all the UN- safe & sane fireworks driving people and their pets crazy, I’m sure many will say NO.

Dawg June 17, 2022 - 12:30 PM

Why not? People shoot off fireworks every year anyway, so let them have at it. Using fireworks during the celebration of Independence Day is an American tradition that began on July 4, 1777, when the US Navy fired a cannon in a 13 gun salute giving tribute to the 13 colonies. Using fireworks on this day is a part of our culture, and the government should not deprive its citizens of the right to celebrate our country’s independence.
Letting children use safe fireworks under a parent’s supervision is a fun way to teach them about the meaning of July 4th, and how much our freedom means to us, and that it should never be taken for granted.

Old Timer June 17, 2022 - 12:44 PM

Not any of any kind.People don’t understand what it does to pets and small kids.

Randy June 17, 2022 - 12:52 PM

Unfortunately no… too much of a fire risk in the summer

Dorothy June 17, 2022 - 12:53 PM

No. And the fireworks going off in the night started 2 weeks ago.

CoCo Commenter June 17, 2022 - 1:04 PM

Coincidentally father in laws house/neighborhood almost burned down last night due to fireworks celebrating the warriors win in the hills off leland road in pittsburg. Unfortunately people aren’t very intelligent and wouldn’t be even with “safe and sane” fireworks.

Jeff (the other one) June 17, 2022 - 1:24 PM

Kind of funny to ask about legality, when we have in our cities rampant criminal activity that results in minimal consequences to the perpetrators. Personally, I think the use of fireworks should be allowed, but limitations on where (primarily, not on large open areas with dried vegetation). Yes, fireworks freak out the dogs (mine has hid in a closet many times), but that is not a reason to limit (once free) citizens a mechanism to celebrate our fading liberty.

Bayslashers June 17, 2022 - 1:26 PM

The fireworks are safe and sane…

…the people, not so much.

I live on Jacqueline Dr. in Pittsburg very close to the fire last night. Scary to wake up to that at 2 am. I don’t think any structures burned luckily, thank God for our hero firefighters. Guessing fire was started by illegal fireworks set off celebrating the Dubs win.

Be safe, be sane.

Make America Safe Again?
Make America Sane Again?

Sandy G June 17, 2022 - 1:34 PM

If the people using them were also safe & sane, yes. Since there’s always a few stupid people, the rest of us can’t enjoy them.

Bella June 17, 2022 - 2:43 PM

No. Wish it weren’t the case, but as always those that abuse the privilege endanger others in their immediate proximity and themselves. My neighbor has tried to reach the Owner of the property to advise. As of last July 4, he had not.

The last three years, neighbors at the corner have had every type of illegal fireworks I found out and put all of us surrounding neighbors at risk of fire as well as the home they rent. Very concerning.

Reasonable June 17, 2022 - 3:51 PM

Anyone shooting them off should really think hard about the liability cost that would come if something happens. One could be sued into the poorhouse rather easily.

Vics June 17, 2022 - 2:48 PM

Does it really matter? People set them off illegally anyway! I dread the 4th of July now, and can’t enjoy it anymore because I have to be home with my dogs because all around where I live, people are setting them off! I’m all about celebrating if done in the right setting, it’s fine but they don’t belong in residential neighborhoods/streets.

Bella June 17, 2022 - 3:44 PM

@Vics, you make an excellent point about the fact that they don’t belong in residential neighborhoods/streets. On “Does it really matter? People set them off illegally anyway.” Yes it does matter, by that comparison it would be as if saying, people don’t follow the law, so why have laws.

California Fireworks Laws: What Is the Penalty for Illegal Fireworks in California?
The state of California has imposed several laws against the sale, manufacture, use, possession, and advertisement of fireworks for people without a valid license or permit. Considering most California residents do not have a valid license or permit, you should look closely at the following fireworks laws in California:

It is illegal to possess dangerous fireworks without a valid permit.
It is illegal to place, throw, discharge or ignite, or fire dangerous fireworks at or near any person or group of persons where there is a likelihood of injury to that person or group of persons.
It is illegal to store any fireworks without a valid permit.
It is illegal to store, sell, or discharge any type of fireworks in or within 100 feet of a location where gasoline or any other flammable liquids are stored or dispensed.
The penalty for possessing dangerous fireworks without a valid permit is a misdemeanor punishable by $500 to $50,000 depending on the gross weight of the unaltered dangerous firework. All other offenses listed above are misdemeanors punishable by $500 to $1,000 fines and/or up to 1 year in jail.

jprcards June 17, 2022 - 4:08 PM

People do whatever they please when it comes to fireworks (and let’s be honest more and more anything else too). It is currently illegal but you still hear them going off all around you.

Fireworks shows, put on by professionals should be fine although even that can be dangerous….but they are a part of our culture so they should be allowed. It just isn’t safe allowing just anybody and everybody to use them in residential neighborhoods but law enforcement will never crack down on the practice so it will continue. .

Cellophane June 17, 2022 - 4:08 PM

With all of the fireworks we hear around here that are already illegal, I have some serious doubt about the sanity of people.

So no, there can be no safe anything when so many people are not sane.

ConcordKate June 17, 2022 - 6:36 PM


Parent June 17, 2022 - 7:24 PM

Absolutely should be allowed. Absolutely!

Make smart laws around them and if you violate it, PROSECUTE them. We have taken away so much from our youth because stupid people are no longer held accountable. We sue the fireworks MfG if we blow off our fingers while holding the firecracker ….

Bring the fireworks back! My family and I travel to places so we can set off fireworks. If you don’t like them, or your pet is bothered … go somewhere that does not celebrate their independence -though ours is at jeopardy with Newscum and Bumbling Biden in charge and all the other easily offended people who do not take accountability for their own stupid actions.

The Fearless Spectator June 17, 2022 - 8:48 PM

No. But automatic weapon fire is just dandy. Blast away with abandon.
It’s an equity thing.

Aunt Barbara June 17, 2022 - 9:57 PM

nothing is guaranteed safe and noone is sane if they want to play with fireworks.NO … leave it to the professional displays.

Exit 12A June 17, 2022 - 10:24 PM

Yes. Fireworks should be legalized throughtout Khaliforniastan.
… sideshows should be legal between midnight and 2 am.
… and abortions up to an hour before live birth.
.. and let’s legalize cocaine, methamphetamines, and fentanyl for medicinal purposes.
Common sense legislation now!!

Bud Tuggly June 17, 2022 - 10:54 PM

I prefer the unsafe and insane fireworks.

Steve June 17, 2022 - 11:12 PM


ManBearPig June 18, 2022 - 9:11 AM

Surprised cities and counties haven’t come up with this yet….

Wanna buy fireworks then they should be microstamped so investigators know who purchased it AND require firework insurance at the time of purchase.

That’ll “guarantee” there would be no illegal use of fireworks and the user could be held liable for damages. Lol

Aunt Barbara June 18, 2022 - 11:35 AM

great idea ManBearPig!

nytemuvr June 18, 2022 - 1:15 PM

They could micro-stamp weed wackers and leaf blowers too….blowing all that nasty carbon everywhere.

anon June 18, 2022 - 11:30 AM

Too much fire risk. Maybe if it were traditional to use fireworks during winter rainstorms, but it is our tradition to do it during the driest, most dangerous part of the year!

Concord74 June 18, 2022 - 1:09 PM

Just like that panic over guns!! Fireworks DO NOTIGNITE by themselves. It takes a human to trigger it just like an inanimate firearm. But, oh, we need to ban fireworks, firearm, etc due to irresponsible human behavior!

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