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A loud warning of what fireworks can do if not handled safely this Independence Day.

According to the commission, fireworks injuries killed seven people last year and sent about 7,000 to emergency rooms.

Some reminders

  • Don't hold fireworks
  • Don't pick up or try to relight dud fireworks
  • Don't use illegal, high powered explosives
  • Always keep water nearby and children a safe distance away

According to the Washington State Fire Marshal, 518 fires were caused by fireworks over the 2008 July 4th holiday. Fire officials are warning that if you are found responsible for a wildfire caused by a firework, you can be required to pay the cost of putting that fire out, an amount that can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.

All common fireworks are illegal in Spokane County and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake. Fines range from $513 to $1,000.


 

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