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Fourth of July Dangers

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Firefighters worry about more than just fires on fourth of July. They also worry about other things people shoot into the air during the red, white and blue holiday. 


The Yakima Fire Department says that on fourth of July people in the county like to celebrate with more than just fireworks. They say it's common for people to get excited and shoot their guns towards the sky just like a firework. 


The danger of doing this is that when a bullet is fired into the sky it can pick up speed as it comes back down and it can land anywhere within a two mile radius of where it was fired.


Fire officials say that bullet can hit a number of people and things,"So when we look at the damage that could potentially be caused by this it could be a person, it could be your vehicle, it could be your home, it could be a lot of things, it could be your pet and you don't know where it's going to come from and you don't know where it's going down," said Jeff Pffaf with the Yakima Fire Department.


The Yakima Police Department says that anyone who does this can face a gross misdemeanor for the unlawful discharge of a firearm within city limits.

As a reminder the Yakima Fire and Police Department would like to remind everyone that fireworks are ban in Yakima County. That means it's illegal to sell and to light them as well.

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