‘Don’t blow it’ this Fourth of July

Jul 03, 2012

Snohomish County has a reminder this Fourth of July: Don’t blow it.

Last year, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Fire District and Fire Marshal respond to more than four hundred 911 calls on the Fourth of July. One of those calls was the result of a marine flare that had been shot through an apartment wall in unincorporated south Everett, leaving a 4X5 foot hole. In 2009 there was more than $4.27 million in property damage as the result of fireworks.

This Fourth of July, be a good neighbor. Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely and legally in Snohomish County:

• Attend a public fireworks display in Arlington, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett or Monroe.

• Observe all fireworks bans and restrictions:

– In unincorporated Snohomish County, fireworks can only be discharged on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight.

– Fireworks are not allowed on any school property.

– Fireworks are banned in Mukilteo.

– Fireworks are illegal in all Washington State Parks, Snohomish County Parks, and on Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service lands.

– Don’t discharge fireworks before or after the Fourth of July. Possession of or discharging illegal fireworks (such as firecrackers, rockets, rockets, M-80s, dynamite and any homemade fireworks) are always all illegal.

Just because it may be sold at a fireworks stand within the county does not necessarily mean it is legal. Violating county or state fireworks laws can be punishable by fines of $500 and/or jail time.

Additional firework resources and information can be found online: sheriff.snoco.org/Our_Community/Fireworks.htm.

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