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Fire Marshal reminder: fireworks banned in unincorporated Yakima County

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YAKIMA, WA – As the 4th of July celebration approaches, the Yakima County Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind residents of the local fireworks laws.

Yakima County has a total ban on sale, use or discharge of fireworks. 

•          The penalty is $1000 and/or 90 days imprisonment. 

•          Fireworks purchased on the reservation are legal only for tribal members on tribal lands.

In 2017, Washington State had 345 fireworks-related emergency incidents, an increase of 3 percent from 2016 resulting in 262 injuries, 83 fires and over $59,000 in property loss.

•          171 injuries occurred on the Fourth of July

•          53 percent of firework-related fires occurred on the Fourth of July

Every time a firefighter responds to an incident, they put their lives at risk.

•          The two leading causes of firefighter deaths are heart attack and vehicle accidents.

•          The majority of firefighters in Yakima County are volunteers.  When they respond to an incident, they leave their homes and families.

•          Increased demand for resources due to fireworks incidents reduces the availability for the remainder of the community.

Patriotism is a matter of the heart that should be celebrated every day by honoring and respecting those who serve us. Have a safe and sane fireworks season. Attend a public display.

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