City Government, Fire Department, Police Department

Be a good neighbor—Obey the Hayward fireworks ban

June 11, 2024

Photo of a firework on the floor with a red prohibited sign on top of the image.

With the Fourth of July holiday upcoming, the City is reminding residents that all forms of fireworks are illegal in Hayward due to the risk of injury, fire and how explosions can upset people living with certain health conditions and disturb household animals. 

People caught using fireworks in Hayward are subject to criminal citation and owners of property where illegal fireworks activity takes place are subject to fines under a new City ordinance that took effect in 2022. 

Under the ordinance, owners of properties where fireworks activity takes place, or emanates from, can be cited and face progressively increasing fines of $1500, $3000 and $5000 for a first, second and third offense, respectively. 

These civil nuisance ordinance citations can be issued if fireworks activity is witnessed by police, City code enforcement staff or other personnel or reported by a member of the public and confirmed by the City. 

For information on how to report fireworks activity in Hayward, go online here to the City of Hayward website.