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Fireworks a hot topic at Richland council meeting

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It's not July, but the fireworks are again a hot topic in Richland.

Tuesday evening the Richland fire chief and police chief will speak in front of the city council about tightening up fireworks regulations.

Fire Chief Grant Baynes says in public surveys, it's almost always a 50/50 split with people for and against fireworks. But after a malfunctioning firework killed a 61-year-old man this 4th of July, Baynes says some opinions may change.

"It's not easy because there's no overwhelming sentiment one way or the other. With the fatality this year, I think it moves sentiment, and that may be a factor that council considers," said Chief Baynes.

Tuesday night's meeting is a workshop, so no decisions will be made. However, if things do change in the future, it takes at least 12 months for them to go into effect.