Two hurt by illegal fireworks in San Jose

Two men watching an illegal fireworks show in San Jose were rushed to the hospital Monday night with severe injuries.

According to San Jose Police, one man blew out both his eardrums and may lose his hearing permanently while at least one of the men may also lose vision in one eye.

These sorts of injuries are exactly what police were hoping to avoid by conducting a special crackdown on illegal fireworks this year.

Police released details on this year's crackdown to KTVU on Tuesday morning:

  • They responded to 29 calls of illegal fireworks
  • Issued 12 citations for illegal fireworks (All first violations, $500 a piece misdemeanors)
  • Seized 2 stashes of fireworks