Fireworks legal in some places for New Year's, banned in others
YAKIMA, Wash.-- For some people, launching fireworks on New Year's Eve is a tradition but it's also illegal in many places in our area.
They're outlawed in Prosser, Kennewick, Pasco, Franklin County, and Yakima County. The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says that includes the Indian reservation. They say people need to think about the risks before they shoot off fireworks.
"Just like any decision you need to look at: Just because I've got a habit of doing something, does that mean it's a good idea? Um... Do I have the extra money to burn if I have to end up paying a fine as a result in my behavior?" says Lieutenant Brian Winter from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.
Certain kinds of fireworks are legal in Richland, West Richland, Walla Walla County, and unincorporated parts of Benton County, but you have to shoot them off between six PM Saturday and one AM Sunday.