Legal Consequences for illegal fireworks or fires started by fireworksPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Washington State Fire Marshal says there were more than 1,000 fires started by fireworks around the 4th of July last year. Damage totaled more than $5-million.
State fire marshal, Charles Duffy, says there are legal consequences for fireworks: you can be charged for having fireworks where they're illegal or you could be convicted of a crime if you start a fire.
Andy Miller, Benton County Prosecutor says, "If you set something off and it catches fire, you can be charged with reckless burning. If one [firework] goes off and damages someone's car, that could be malicious mischief. Depending on the damage, it would be a gross misdemeanor, or you could even face.. a felony charge." Miller says those charges come with pretty hefty fines and even jail time. Also, you could have to pay the costs of putting out the fire.