The San Bruno Patch Guide to 4th of July Fireworks

San Bruno is one of only two cities in San Mateo County where fireworks are allowed to be sold and set off outside of professional shows. Here's what you need to know to make sure your Fourth of July is the best ever.

Today is June 28, and you know what that means: Fireworks officially go on sale in San Bruno.

Fireworks are unique here because this is one of only two cities in San Mateo County that allow fireworks to be sold and set off—as long they’re “safe and sane,” of course. Pacifica is the other city.

Here is a guide that will help you understand how fireworks work in San Bruno so that you can have the best Fourth of July ever.

When can I buy fireworks?

Fireworks will be sold at booths throughout the city from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Friday to July 4.

Where can I buy fireworks?

This year, there are 17 nonprofit organizations manning fireworks booths. Many of the booths are at The Shops at Tanforan, Bayhill Shopping Center and along El Camino Real (see the map for details). As a tip from a longtime vendor, people should shop at more than just one booth. For many of these organizations, this is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

How much do fireworks cost?

We’ll get back to you with the details. But each booth will likely have buy-one-get-one-free deals on some items. There are also good deals on the fireworks packages.

Can anyone buy fireworks?

Not quite. In San Bruno, you have to 18 years old to buy them. Each vendor will ask for ID, so be prepared.

I’ve got my fireworks. Now I’m ready to go set them off.

Not so fast there. While safe and sane fireworks are allowed, there are only certain hours when you can set them off: noon to 10 p.m. from today through July 3, and noon until midnight on the Fourth of July.

Also, according to the city, you're only supposed to use fireworks in front of your home. For any home, apartment or building, you have to be at least 10 feet away. And parking lots, vacant property and streets are off limits. So if you're planning on really having a blast (not literally, of course), make sure it's on private property.

Any other suggestions?

So glad you asked. When you’re setting off your fireworks, make sure to be safe, have a bucket of water and a hose handy, don't let children light them, keep a safe distance, be considerate and, of course have fun. 

Also, take note of your favorite fireworks and which booth they came from. That way, you can go back and get them again next year.

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joe July 03, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Victor Villarreal July 04, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Close minded? Wahhh fireworks Judgemental? Careless, judgemental Discriminatory? Poorly educated How about a penny pinching,hypocrit? Watchful taxpayer. Who doesn't pay taxes. I own my home and a few rentals. One for everyone of my kids. My kids have the best healthcare and are spoiled rotten with I phones ,pocket bikes, video game systems, pets, I pads laptops and a pair of really great parents. All are very healthy all are in sports and all have excellent grades and participate in school functions. I own 4 cars I plan to make in six in two years one for each of them. I have a great career that pays for these children and some. Is money the reason you don't have any children. Is money the reason you still live at your mothers home. Is money the reason you don't have any real fireworks. Are the taxes you pay the store tax at the store. Maybe you should be watchful stingy,broke 50 year old virgin.lmao
Victor Villarreal July 04, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Side busting joe lmao.
watchfultaxpayer July 05, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Thank you, Martin, for your official reply to my question. It confirms the hypocracy of the city policy that allows the sale of 'safe and sane' at the same time prohibiting their use. 10 feet from most homes in SB is in the public street which is also prohibited by the city.The same applies to apartment dwellers as well as purchasers from Burlingame, SSF or other cities whose citizens come in to buy them. Where are they to use them??? Some come back to SB feeling entitled to use them on our public streets and do in front of anyone's home. I suppose they feel confident they won't be ticketed for using them on public property. This is simply a policy that is illogical. If we sell them then we should provide places to use them that is not, by their own rules, PROHIBITED.
Victor Villarreal July 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Hypocracy is a great word for you penny's on the dollar, never tip for services fight me over a nickel or what ever u call yourself. Hey Martin a true San Bruno resident knows where to light off and how he can get in to trouble. So no need to answer this fake Winnie wanna be San bruno resident. Prohibition this is not the 50's yard. Go on to the next town with that talk. It was a great 4 everyone. Have a beautiful 2012. Watchful cents. Your complaints don't make dollars so it don't make cents. Wahhhhhhh


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