Fireworks Safety

We are just three days day shy of the 4th of the July holiday.

You're going to see a lot of fireworks going off between now and then and even for a bit of time afterwards.

Fireworks related fires are always a problem in our area and in order to avoid them and other injuries, there are some safety tips to follow.

"I've experienced a couple of fires with lighting off fireworks and we've got them out," said Ashley Persinger

She and her family purchse fireworks every year and at times they've run into some serious scares.

One of the many risks that come with creating your own fireworks display for the 4th is fire danger.

"We had the aeriels and the tube tipped over and it shot into the dry grass and it started and we just used water and sand to then put it out," said Persinger.

Persinger was lucky the fire was small enough for her to contain but firefighters say all too often a small spark turns into a large brush fire.

That's the exact reason some local fire departments have banned those kinds of fireworks.

"The fire marshall is pulling some of those like aerials and fireworks that you throw off the stands because people aren't being responsible with them anymore," said Cassy Nef.

The only places the aerial fireworks are still allowed are West Richland and Benton City.

Richland firefighters said just stick with buying fireworks within the city you're planning to light them in and you should be fine.

Also, fireworks are banned in Kennewick, Pasco, Prosser, Connell, Yakima, Franklin County and unincorporated parts of Yakima County.

Firefighters say fireworks were likely the reason for the brush fires that took place just south of Kennewick this past weekend, as well as the cause of a number of brush fires last summer.

"A lot of people will throw think the fireworks are done so they throw them in the garbage and that can start a fire that can spread to the side of the house," said Brad Hardgrove, a Richland Firefighter.

It's suggested you place your finished fireworks in a bucket of water and leave them there for a minimum of 20 minutes to make sure they're out.

A couple of other notes, you have to be at least 16-years-old to buy and set off fireworks.

If you break the rules, you could be subject to fines, the amounts vary by jurisdiction.

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