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Fireworks ban in Spokane a success story

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Fireworks in Spokane have been illegal since 1993. There's a $1,000 fine if you're caught using fireworks in the city. The city says the reason for the ban is simple: It works.

According to data release by the city, in the decade before the ban went into place there were nearly 300 fireworks related emergency room visits between June 28 and July 6. In the decade after, there were just 37 visits in that same time period.

Fires have decreased as well. Before the ban, there was an average of 104 fires a year. In the decades since, just four fireworks related fires have been reported.

So if you want to use fireworks, consider that $1,000 fine, and maybe think about seeing one of the many professional shows across the region.

To find out where fireworks are and are not illegal in Washington state CLICK HERE:http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/docs/fireworks/ordinances.pdf

To find out fireworks information in Idaho CLICK HERE: https://www.usfireworks.biz/legal/id.htm

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