City of Oakland

Lynette Gibson McElhaney, City Of Oakland, 4th Of July Plea To Avoid Guns, Illegal Fireworks

Oakland District Three Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney ((510) 238-3266 and and the City of Oakland sent this “Love Life” message for Oaklanders, today, before the Fourth of July 2018.

Historically, Fourth of July Independence Day in Oakland brings an increase in gunfire and illegal fireworks as part of celebrations. While some residents look forward to long standing family traditions of at-home fireworks, nowadays these celebrations often create more trauma than fun.

In lifting up our Love Life ethos, the City of Oakland, community leaders and residents ask that we come together to create safe and loving celebrations that protect the mental and physical health of all who live and work in Oakland.

Illegal fireworks and shooting guns not only cause frightening sounds, their use comes with a great risk for injury and even death. The loud explosions are traumatizing and frightening for pets, the elderly, children and bereaved families who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

As a part of the City’s commitment to ensure public safety and vitality in our communities, the Oakland Police Department and Oakland Fire Department are working together to plan for a safe 4th of July. Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick and Fire Chief Darin White issued a joint statement to remind everyone of the dangers and penalties associated with celebratory gunfire and the use of illegal fireworks. OPD will increase staff and deploy patrol officers to specific areas of the City that have historically hosted illegal fireworks and gun activity.

Expect increased enforcement. Officers will confiscate fireworks and issue citations to anyone in possession of or igniting illegal fireworks. Officers will arrest anyone caught discharging a firearm.

Possession of fireworks, even the “Safe & Sane” brand, is subject to fines up to $1,000.

Possession of large quantities of fireworks carry penalties of $5,000 to $10,000 and imprisonment.

Storage of fireworks is illegal and unsafe. We encourage you to report the storage of illegal fireworks (no matter how large or small, commercial or residential) so that OFD can properly dispose of these items before someone is harmed.

Support Your Pet: Here’s an article with safety and calming tips for your dog.

Join Safe & Legal Celebrations: On July 3rd, join the Oakland A’s at the Coliseum for a Fireworks show where attendees will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the dazzling sky high show. Or visit the City of Richmond as they host ‘Fireworks at the Point’ a fun filled family-style event complete with food trucks, live music, and fireworks at 9:15PM. On the 4th, take the ferry from Jack London to Pier 39 in San Francisco for a fireworks display shortly before 9:30PM.

Working Together for a Safe Oakland: Report illegal fireworks by calling the Fireworks Tip Line at 510-777-8814 or email to report the sales, possession and lighting of fireworks. Report any gunfire, including celebratory gunfire by calling 911 or from a cell phone: 510-238-3211.

You may drop off fireworks in collection barrels at the following fire stations:

Fire Station 1: 1603 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Fire Station 3: 1445-14th Street

Fire Station 4: 1235 International Blvd.

Fire Station 5: 934-34th Street

Fire Station 18: 5008 Bancroft Avenue

Fire Station 20: 1401-98th Avenue

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