BELLEVUE, Wash. – The Fourth of July is just a few days away. As people get ready to celebrate, fireworks safety and hazards are major concerns this holiday.
Police and fire patrols will be boosted in an effort to crack down on people setting off illegal fireworks.
In Bellevue and about a dozen cities it contracts with, all fireworks are banned, even "safe and sane" fireworks. Firefighters say, even with the law, they’ve been responding to complaints of illegal fireworks this week.
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City leaders made the decision a number of years ago to ban all fireworks after dealing with annual house fires, injuries, and property damage. Officers and firefighters saw too many accidents because of fireworks.
“The burns are the worst. You end up at Harborview on the floor for burns, it’s incredibly painful, especially kids some of these fireworks burn at over 1,000 degrees,” said Lt. Richard Burke with Bellevue Fire Department.
This year, there are four permitted shows in Bellevue, which people can attend.
The rules in each city, county, and reservation are different, so find out what's allowed or not allowed in your area.
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Violators with illegal fireworks could be cited or charged with a gross misdemeanor. In Lewis County, for example, violators could face up to a year in prison and pay up to $5,000 in fines.