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Yakama Indian Reservation off limits for fireworks

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Union Gap, WASH.--The Yakima County Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone that setting off fireworks on the Yakama Indian Reservation isn't legal for everyone.

Fireworks are banned and illegal to have or light in the city and in all unincorporated areas of Yakima County.

According to the sheriff's office, many people still think that it's legal to set off fireworks on the Indian Reservation, but the only people who can use fireworks on the reservation are members of the Yakama Indian Nation or any other recognized tribe.

Jesus Bautista is displeased with the ban and said, "We invite people to come out here, but they don't do that because they're scared of the ban.  They don't want to get tickets.  They don't want to do anything wrong."

Using fireworks in an unauthorized zone can get you into legal trouble. Consequences can range from a large fine or if charged with a gross misdemeanor, you can even receive up to a year in prison.

The sheriff's office said they don't want to spoil anyone's holiday, but the ban is meant to keep everyone safe.