With about two weeks until Fourth of July celebrations, San Jose police are implementing new tactics to crack down on illegal fireworks.
Mayor Sam Liccardo made the announcement Thursday morning. Officers usually have to catch people in the act if they want to ticket them. Now police will rely on neighbors’ accounts.
The mayor said that simply adding more officers won't do enough to quiet down the activity that has gotten dramatically worse.
“It's no longer bottle rockets and a couple of small displays,” Liccardo said. “What we're seeing now is something that rivals many of the public fireworks.”
Liccardo also touched on the dangers of illegal fireworks, especially during California’s severe drought conditions.