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Launching Your Own Fireworks? Get the Do's and Don'ts for Fourth of July on the Peninsula

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    San Bruno and Pacifica are the last remaining places to legally launch your own fireworks on the Peninsula. But following fireworks bans around Bay Area cities, including San Francisco, the Fourth of July brings large crowds annually to show off their patriotic pride in these cities. 

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    Here are both cities' regulations on fireworks use on the Fourth of July, including designated places safe for launching "safe and sane" fireworks:

    Pacifica

    • Beaches: On Pacifica's Linda Mar Beach, "safe and sane" fireworks are allowed immediately west of the north parking lot to just 10 feet east of the tide. This area stretches from markers immediately north of Taco Bell to the north end of the parking lot. On South Pacifica State Beach and South Rockaway Beach, fireworks are allowed on the asphalt areas of the parking lots. At all other beaches, fireworks are prohibited, and those caught with illegal fireworks will be cited and can be sentenced up to one year in jail. 
    • Hours of Use: From noon to 11 p.m. on June 28 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 29 to July 5, it is legal to shoot fireworks off at designated locations.
    • Permissions: You must obtain permission from homeowners that you are shooting fireworks over and stay within 10 feet of any home. Fireworks are also not allowed in city parks. The city also requires a permit from its fire chief. 
    • Adults-Only: Those launching fireworks must be at least 18 years old.

    To report individuals using, possessing or selling illegal fireworks, the city asks that you call its non-emergency Pacifica Police dispatch line at (650) 738-7314.

    San Bruno

    • Hours of Use: Fireworks are legal from noon to 9 p.m. from June 28 to July 3 and noon to 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July.  
    • Permissions: San Bruno has banned fireworks on public property such as parks and schools as well as private open areas such as parking lots or vacant property without the consent of the owner. Similar to Pacifica, fireworks are also required to be launched at least 10 feet away from any residence, building or structure. Anyone found using illegal fireworks within the city limits will be fined up to $1,000. 
    • View more guidance on which fireworks are allowed on the city website.

    To report individuals using, possessing or selling illegal fireworks, the city asks that you call (650) 616-7100.

    Rebecca Greenway covers news on the San Francisco Peninsula. Connect with her on Facebook or send an email to rebecca.greenway@nbcuni.com.