PASCO: The 4th of July is right around the corner and many of you have already been out and about buying fireworks, but it's important to know what's allowed and what isn't in your County.
The City of Pasco just recently legalized certain fireworks at their May 21st City council meeting. The City Manager's office says the decision was made so that law enforcement can focus on larger violations on the 4th of July, instead of small-scale fireworks.
The owner of the Grigg's firework stand in Pasco says he's relieved that after 22 years he finally gets to set up a stand.
"I've been selling fireworks for the last 50 years," said Owner Charlie Grigg.
However It's been 22 years since Charlie Grigg has been able to set his firework stand in Pasco. Some of the big items that Grigg sells are large fountains.
"Giant fountains.. Most of them tell you exactly what they do on the outside," said Grigg.
Charlie Grigg has 9 firework stands all over the Tri-Cities.
"I started out doing it in a stand right in this spot, many many years ago," said Grigg.
It wasn't until this year, that he's been able to set up a stand right in front of his grocery store.
That's because the City of Pasco just 'Partially Legalized Fireworks' at their May 21st City Council meeting.
Key word- partially- only certain fireworks are slowed in the City.
"The City of Pasco and Richland have very similar rules. They're 'Safe and Sane' is what it's called," said Grigg.
'Safe and Sane', meaning anything that doesn't have aerial effects or explode. You may be wondering what is allowed, well that's anything that doesn't shoot up in the air.
Basically- only fountains, which go about 10-15 feet into the air and ground fireworks like cone fountains, ground spinners and ground wheels are allowed.
It's important to note that these rules vary from City to City.
"If you go to Burbank or West Richland, then their rules are different. They can shoot mortars that go 100 to 200 feet in the air. These [the fireworks allowed in Pasco} stay close to the ground," said Grigg.
The best way to know what's allowed in your County is to purchase fireworks in the City you live in, because whatever is being sold at that stand, is what's allowed in your area.
If you are going to use fireworks like sparklers, then it's important to use some safety precautions. Have a bucket of water on hand so that when you're done using it, you'll know that the sparkler is fully out and cannot ignite anything else.
Full list of what's allowed in your City below:
Pasco: All airborne fireworks are illegal. Only grounded fireworks, such as sparklers and fountains, are legal.
Richland: All airborne fireworks are illegal. Only grounded fireworks, such as sparklers and fountains, are legal.
Kennewick: FIREWORKS ARE BANNED IN THE CITY OF KENNEWICK: Here's a link to information on the City's 'July 4th River of Fire' show
Walla Walla: Fireworks in unincorporated Walla Walla County may be offered for sale only by authorized permit holders