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Police are adding extra patrols for the Fourth of July holiday

RICHLAND, Wash. -  If you're setting off illegal fireworks expect trouble.  Extra police patrols are out for the Fourth of July holiday.

Richland police said regular crime does not stop and they do not want to be overloaded.

Legal fireworks can be bought within city limits and Richland police said any fireworks that shoot up in the air are illegal.

You will receive a citation if you are caught setting them off.  

Police warn about the dangers of making fireworks bigger by taping or combining them together.  They said that is a serious offense that could be reported to the FBI.

Captain Mike Cobb with the Richland Police Department said other illegal fireworks include, "any that hops, bounces and skips on the ground essentially the stuff that we have that starts fires. Especially aerial displays. That's the number one target because that's the number one problem."

Captain Cobb said they get many complaints about illegal fireworks and last year was the first time they added the extra force.  Police in Pasco and Kennewick are also adding extra patrols.

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