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Don't Light Fireworks Near Schools

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RICHLAND, Wash--  You might remember six years back Badger Mountain Elementary School caught on fire.  Investigators say it's all because of kids playing with fireworks.

This time of year, schools are usually empty and there is a lot of open space.  But don't think you can light off fireworks.  In total, a $250,000 damage was done to the school.  Last year alone, 11 schools were damaged on the 4th of July throughout the state.  And going back to 2006, 36 schools were damaged, totalling $8 million.

Call it your warning: stay away from school grounds this weekend if you have fireworks with you.

"Schools are very inviting spots," says Richland Batallion Chief Ted Ricci.  "However, if you're very close to the buildings, there's going to be issues.   Out in the field, ways away, probably won't be an issue.   But it's school property and not a city park, where it is private property."

Batallion Chief Ricci says the city has some hotspots in mind both in Richland as well as other areas throughout the Tri-Cities.  But remember-- fireworks are only allowed in cities where they are sold.  Best advice he says--be smart, use good judgment.