Brian Schaeffer

Have a safe and fun 4th of July

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, No Phone Number Available

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Noon

Have a safe and fun 4th of July

Using fireworks to celebrate Independence Day dates back to July 4, 1777 when Congress authorized the first commemorative fireworks celebration. With that in mind, we would like to remind you that the Spokane County ban on fireworks is still in place. As an alternative, we encourage you to head downtown to the Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration to experience a legal, safe and exciting fireworks display.

This is the 22nd year of the fireworks ban in the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Millwood, Cheney, Liberty Lake, and the unincorporated areas of Spokane County. In the 10 years prior to the ban, there was an annual average of 104 fireworks-caused fires in Spokane city limits between June 28 and July 6.

Since the ban was enacted, that average has lowered to only five fireworks-caused fires, and we have seen an 83 percent reduction in the number of injuries caused by firework explosions. This ban and your willingness to adhere to regulations has made our community a safer place to live.

Fines for the illegal use of fireworks range from $513 to $1,000. Persons who cause fireworks related fires are also liable for property damage and recovery of firefighting costs. If you see violations of the ban, you can call Crime Check at 509.456.2233.

We know it's not a July 4th celebration without fireworks, so join in on the fun at the Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration. There will be music, food, free activities, and a beautiful fireworks presentation. Thank you for keeping our city safe by refraining from the illegal use of fireworks.

For more information about the fireworks ban or questions about the Fire Department, call 509.625.7000.

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