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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 27, 2011
Contact:
Steve Romines, Emergency Management Director, 360-704-2780

FIREWORKS SAFETY URGED FOR 4th of JULY CELEBRATIONS


OLYMPIA - With the arrival of the Independence Day holiday, also comes the unfortunate arrival of fireworks-related injuries. In 2010, Thurston County 9-1-1 Dispatch logged hundreds of fireworks calls, some of them regarding serious injuries.

As a reminder, the sale of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County is legal from June 28th through noon on July 6th. It is legal to discharge fireworks only from 9 AM to 11 PM on July 3rd and 4th.

Thurston County Emergency Management Director Steve Romines says the use of fireworks can be safer if the following precautions are observed:
  • Use only "safe and sane" fireworks. (In Washington State that means no bottle rockets, no firecrackers, no cherry bombs and no missiles.)
  • Do not hold or throw fireworks after they are lit and do not relight unexploded fireworks
  • Have an adult present at all times when fireworks are being set off and young children should not light fireworks.
  • Be extra careful about the area where fireworks are lit; the heat from fireworks is always a danger to ignite grass, wood and many other flammable materials.
  • Keep a water source handy to deal with potential fires and douse all fireworks to make sure they are out.


The discharge of fireworks should be left to professionals at licensed public displays.

Again, in the unincorporated areas of Thurston County, it is legal to sell fireworks from June 28th through noon on July 6th. It is legal to discharge fireworks ONLY from 9 AM to 11 PM on July 3rd and 4th.



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Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3