Firefighters say it's not so much the fireworks that are dangerous but how people light them, with things like a lighter.
YAKIMA, WA - Firefighters say it's not so much the fireworks that are dangerous but how people light them, with things like a lighter.
In the Yakima Valley, you have to be very careful not just of how you light off fireworks, but where. The only places where you are allowed to set them off are in Zillah, Granger, Mabton and Moxee.
Everywhere else is illegal. The only exception is registered tribal members on tribal land. Firefighters say they're more worried about the people lighting the fireworks, than the fireworks themselves.
"Fireworks, just in my opinion, are dangerous only if the people who use them are dangerous," Dep. Chief Kevin Frazier said. "I mean fireworks can be very safe, as long as you're lighting them off in a safe green area, where there is no chance of a fire."
The penalty for lighting off illegal fireworks is a 250 dollar fine or up to 90 days in jail but that hasn't stopped people in the past. Last year, Fire District 5 responded to 37 reported fires, none of which caused serious damage.
While we all celebrate the 4th of July this Friday, the fire department wants everyone to have fun and remember, be very very careful.