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Safety should come first on Fourth of July
Today, many families and friends will gather for annual barbecues and round out their day with fireworks.
But local authorities want to remind residents to exercise extreme caution during the Fourth of July weekend.
In 2013, Kitsap County agencies responded to six fires and 14 injuries due to fireworks. Across Washington, 341 fireworks-related injuries and/or fires were reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshall by fire agencies and hospital emergency rooms.
If the numbers are any indicator, Kitsap County Fire Marshall David Lynam would prefer folks just attend professionally conducted fireworks shows.
“Go see a show,” Lynam said. “Enjoy the festivities in each of our communities.”
But, for those who wish to still indulge in their inner pyromania, there’s some ground rules that apply.
Fireworks will be on sale tomorrow and July 5, and with those come specific rules for lighting items off.
While there are plenty of options, some that are not for residents include bottle rockets, firecrackers and sky rockets, which are all banned.
“Those are banned everywhere in the state,” Lynam said.
The exception is if those items are purchased on Indian reservations. But those items must also be shot off on the reservation as well, he said.
Additionally, the purchase or use of M-80 or M-1000 fireworks is not allowed anywhere in the county. Lynam warns residents that if they are caught using them, the consequences are heavy and could include fines, jail time and even a felony.
“That’s an illegal explosive device,” he said. “We treat those the same as we treat bombs, because, really that’s what they are.”
For today, discharging hours are between 9 a.m. and midnight. After that, disturbance calls are generally sent to local law enforcement to handle, Lynam said, since his department is usually tied up with fire inspections and the like.
Event: Arnold Jackson Memorial Fireworks Show
Place: Over Eagle Harbor — see website for viewing locations
Time: 10:20 p.m.
Event: Kingston Fourth of July Celebration
Place: Mike Wallace Park – Appletree Cove
Time: 10 p.m.
Event: Grand Fireworks Show
Place: View from Port Orchard, Bremerton Concerts at Port Orchard Waterfront Gazebo
Time: 10:30 p.m.
Event: Kitsap BlueJackets Show
Place: Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Time: 7:35 p.m.
Cost: $10 for general admission; $15 for stadium seating
Free parking www.bluejacketbaseball.com