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Firefighters asking you to be safe and legal

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Fireworks most likely won't be the only spark lighting up the sky Monday night.  Firefighters say they're expecting an increase in fires.  Crews are now asking you to be safe and legal.

Firefighters say a few fires that happened over the weekend were started by fireworks.  One for example happened Sunday night on Flat Top Hill in West Richland.  It burned about 75 acres.

Firefighters say a big contributing factor is illegal fireworks meaning any that go into the air or move around on the ground. 

"They're really susceptible to starting those wild land fires and it's people's houses and lives and livelihood and their fields are at stake," says Deputy Chief Marvin Leonard, Benton County Fire Department.

Leonard says to only use fireworks if your area allows them at all, have a bucket of water and don't light near dry areas or buildings.

Firefighters say if your fireworks start a fire not only could you be fined, but also billed for property damage and all emergency services.