FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2013
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
PULLMAN – Monday, July 1, 2013 marks the opening of several fireworks stands in Pullman. However, it is illegal to discharge fireworks until July 3. Fireworks may be discharged:
•Wednesday, July 3, from 9 am to 11 pm
•Thursday, July 4, from 9 am to midnight
Any discharge of fireworks outside these time periods is a violation of Pullman City Code 3.16.015(8). Violations could result in a civil penalty of $100. Also, individual fireworks are not allowed in Sunnyside Park during the community celebration, which is being held on Thursday, July 4.
All fireworks stands in the City of Pullman have been inspected and are only selling legal fireworks. For those who purchase fireworks elsewhere .... buyer beware! Two of the most popular illegal fireworks are firecrackers and bottle rockets. Possession of illegal fireworks is a criminal misdemeanor. Also, the purchase of fireworks over the Internet is illegal. In Washington State, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.
Last year there were 354 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported to the State Fire Marshal's Office by fire departments and hospitals. Of the 354 reports received, there were 128 fires and 226 injuries. 26 fires and 64 injuries were caused by devices which are illegal to own or possess in Washington State. The majority of these incidents occur on July 4th.
Supervision of children 14 and under is critical in reducing emergency responses to fireworks incidents. Talk to your kids about fireworks and safety. Set family boundaries; only adults should light fireworks. Fireworks should be stored in a secure location out of the reach and sight of curious children. Personal fireworks require personal responsibility.
Pullman Police Officers will be actively patrolling for fireworks violations and have been instructed to assertively enforce the fireworks ordinance. Those found with illegal fireworks or discharging fireworks outside of the allowable time periods can expect a citation.
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