In response to the whistling and boom of fireworks throughout East Palo Alto in the past week, police are cracking down on all fireworks in the city, the department announced.
Police said they would have a "zero tolerance" for fireworks through July 6, with special attention on Wednesday for the Fourth of July. The city has had at least 91 ShotSpotter activations between June 26 and July 1 that indicated where explosions have taken place.
All fireworks are prohibited in the city, including those called "safe and sane."
The East Palo Alto police chief and Menlo Park Fire District chief recommended the zero-tolerance policy because of the severity and dangerous nature of fireworks and the continuing threat to public safety, department officials said in a statement.
Police will respond to all ShotSpotter activations, which can distinguish when and where an explosion or gunfire has occurred. Officers will arrest and seek criminal charges against any person using fireworks that results in a fire or injuries. Police will also enforce an existing 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for youths under age 18 and will cite all violators, department officials said.
Residents living at or near residences where fireworks have been detected will receive a notice from Acting Chief of Police Federico Rocha about the ban and zero-tolerance policy.