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4th of July Weekend Roundup: News Around the Northwest

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It's going to be a busy Fourth of July weekend:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Transportation Department stopped work yesterday on most highway construction projects to clear the way for traffic. Work will resume on Wednesday morning.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington state ferry system says passengers carrying fireworks should put them in a visible area so they can be checked if they alert a bomb-sniffing dog. Illegal fireworks will be confiscated.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources says fireworks are banned on state lands. The department is asking campers to be careful with campfires, cigarettes and cars with hot mufflers. The agency says there have already been 181 fires in Washington this year on state-protected lands.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest reminds visitors that fireworks are illegal on federal lands. Fire manager John Heckman says recent hot, dry weather has increased the fire danger.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency says fireworks displays can cause smoke that could be a problem for people with breathing problems. Of particular concern are illegal fireworks manufactured outside the United States that frequently contain lead.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Coast Guard is setting up safety zones around fireworks displays on Tuesday night in Seattle's Lake Union and Elliott Bay.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Union Pacific Railroad asks drivers and pedestrians to watch out for trains this weekend. The railroad says never walk along tracks and cross only at crossings. At multiple tracks, watch for a second train from the other direction.

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. (AP) - With more than 150-thousand people expected this weekend on Ocean Shores beaches, city firefighters are setting up three medical treatment tents for minor injuries. Officials hope they'll lessen demand on the 9-1-1 emergency call center and free paramedics for more serious injuries.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County says fireworks can panic pets and cause them to run off and possibly bolt into traffic. The society recommends keeping pets indoors. Make sure they have identification, in case they run away.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - One of the activities this Fourth of July is the Family freedom Fest at Naval Station Everett. Public tours will be available on the frigates Ford and Davis and the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy.

FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) - Fort Lewis is holding a Fourth of July Freedom Festival with a Ten-K run and Five-K walk, rugby games, car show, chili cook-off, music and kids rides.

SEATTLE (AP) - New citizens will be sworn in on the Fourth of July at a naturalization ceremony at the Seattle Center. More than 500 people from more than 70 countries will become U-S citizens.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) - Seven teams are competing in the Cardboard Boat Race on the Fourth of July on the Columbia River at Kennewick's Columbia Park. Rescue divers will be on hand for boats that don't complete the 300-yard race course. And there's a "Titanic Award" for the most spectacular sinking.

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