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ALERT: Where You CANNOT Light Fireworks

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Fireworks went on sale Thursday in Washington and will be permitted through July 5.
    
The state fire marshal's office says 900 licenses were issued for retail fireworks stands.
    
Fire Marshal Charles Duffy and other authorities are urging users to be careful. Over the Fourth of July holiday in 2001, fireworks were responsible for 212 injuries and 264 fires that caused losses estimated at $569,000. People can leave the fireworks to the experts at more than 100 professional displays on the Fourth of July around Washington.
    
The state Department of Natural Resources reminds holiday hikers and campers that it is illegal to discharge fireworks on public and private lands protected by agency firefighters.
    
And, the Washington State Patrol reminds ferry riders to be prepared to show fireworks detected by bomb-sniffing dogs.

Where You CANNOT Light Fireworks

If you're planning on lighting some fireworks this July 4th make sure you remember that fireworks are illegal in Spokane County, Spokane Valley, Cheney, and Liberty Lake.

Firework fines range from $513 to a $1000 for each infraction.

In 2010, 575 fireworks incidents were reported to the state Fire Marshal's Office. This included 162 injuries, of which 50 were children under the age of 14.

In 2009, Spokane hospitals treated six people for injuries associated with fireworks use. Four of those patients were from outside of Spokane County but treated in Spokane. One patient was severely burned and transported to Harborview in Seattle. In addition, five fireworks-caused fires occurred in the City of Spokane last year.

Most people understand and respect the purpose of the fireworks ban. Violations of the ban can be reported to Crime Check at 456-2233.

Common fireworks, frankly, are NOT "Safe-and-Sane"!

Each year, about 8,000 fireworks-related injuries requiring emergency room care or hospitalization occur each year in the U.S. during the July 4th period. Most fireworks injuries involve devices that are legal under current federal law.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association for Hand Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Center for Injury Research & Policy, Emergency Nurses Association, Fire Department Safety Officers Association, International Association of Arson Investigators, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Firefighters, International Fire Marshals Association and Prevent Blindness America are all in support of consumer fireworks bans throughout the U.S.

Individual fireworks are NOT cheap entertainment! Millions of dollars in direct property loss happens each year in less than a 2-week period as Americans celebrate Independence Day.

The Colville Tribe lost over $15 million in timber on July 4, 2003, after someone lit a bottle rocket from their boat on Lake Roosevelt. In 2006, fireworks caused about $6 million in damage to schools in Washington State. Firecrackers, bottle rockets and missiles have been illegal throughout the State of Washington for more than 60 years, long before the Spokane ban.

Spokane Fire Department encourages the community to celebrate the Fourth of July by enjoying the annual public fireworks display in Riverfront Park.

For additional information on the negative impact of individual fireworks across the U.S., please contact the National Fire Protection Association at NFPA.org or the City's public education desk at jdoherty@spokanefire.org. Violations of the Spokane-area ban can be reported to Crime Check at 456-2233.

MORE DETAILS:

After holding two public hearings on the use of fireworks within the City limits of Airway Heights the first on June 6, 2011 followed by a second one on June 20, 2011 the City Council votes to restrict the use of fireworks within the City.

The City declares the public policy to secure and maintain such levels of fireworks regulations as to protect human health and safety and to the greatest degree practicable the City attempts to prevent injury to property and provide for the physical safety of individuals.  To this end it is the purpose of this Ordinance to provide a means of regulations to control a balance of tradition and public safety regarding the use of fireworks. 

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