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Fireworks go on sale

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Fireworks stands legally open Monday across the state, but before you buy them, make sure you know the rules and restrictions.

A good rule of thumb: if they are sold where you are, you can use them.

Fireworks are NOT allowed in the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, Franklin County, or Prosser. Residents in Richland, West Richland Benton City and unincorporated Benton County CAN have fireworks, but with some restrictions.

As for Yakima, Sgt. Mike Russell says, "If you're not an enrolled member of the Yakima Nation you cannot legally go anywhere in Yakima County to light off fireworks except for a few communities that make it legal on the Fourth of July." Enrolled members may only light fireworks on tribal land and cities across the county have their own restrictions. Fireworks stands are highly regulated as well.

Only the following six types of fireworks are legal in the City of Richland:
•       Sparkler - stick or wire coated, produces a shower of sparks
•       Cylindrical fountain - tube, sparks and whistles, may have a base or spike
•       Cone fountain – cone, sparks and whistles, may have a base or spike
•       Illuminating torch - tube with colored fire
•       Wheel - attached to a tree or post and spins, color and sparks
•       Flitter sparker - narrow paper tube, color and sparks.
Safety guidelines from Richland Fire & Emergency Services:
•       Designate a responsible adult to light fireworks, one at a time, away from anything that can burn.
•       Have a water hose or fire extinguisher and a bucket of water; soak all used fireworks before disposal.
•       Wait at least five minutes before approaching a "dud;" do not try to relight it.
•       Never throw fireworks; never hold fireworks in your hands.
•       Keep pets indoors.
•       Dispose of used fireworks after soaking.