Here’s what you should know before buying fireworks for the Fourth of July

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — As the Fourth of July celebrations near, many people are starting to load up their fireworks stockpiles. But while they’re a fun holiday tradition, officials want to remind residents about the many safety risks that pose potential hazards.

Sgt. Rigo Pruneda with the Pasco Police Department said “every year there are some serious injuries, including death.”

“What ends up happening is they don’t go off for some reason so people are walking back up to the firework to see what’s going on and all of a sudden it’ll go,” Sgt. Pruneda said.

To prevent incidents from occurring, adults ages 18+ are the only ones allowed to purchase, possess, and discharge fireworks.  Officials also recommend having a set plan in place before any are lit.

“Have a shovel and some sand you can throw on fireworks if something gets out of control. You need a bucket and a hose with a nozzle,” Sgt. Pruneda said. “Choose a good spot to discharge fireworks so nothing gets set on fire.”

Officials also said different cities have their own set of rules and regulations when it comes to fireworks.

In Pasco, “anything that goes up and blows up is not good.”

“What’s legal here is sparklers, spinners, smoke bombs, things that stay on the ground,” Sgt. Pruneda said.

If you’re caught with illegal fireworks, officials said they will be confiscated along with a $250 dollar fine.

“We just want people to know the risk before you purchase or discharge any fireworks,” Sgt. Pruneda said.

For a list of bans and restrictions in different counties, click here.

To see the city of Richland’s rules, click here.

To see West Richland’s rules, click here.

To see the city of Pasco’s rules, click here.