SFD reminds the community that fireworks are illegal

SFD reminds the community that fireworks are illegal

SFD reminds the community that fireworks are illegal

SFD reminds the community that fireworks are illegal

Justin de Ruyter, PIO

Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 2:38 p.m

Injuries from fireworks in the Spokane metro area are drastically lower than the national average. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), reported fireworks injuries increased 56% in 2020. Over the past thirty years, Spokane has remained stable with fewer than 5 injuries treated at area medical centers—a decrease from of 29 injuries 32 years ago. .

So why the discrepancy?
2024 marks the 32nd year of a fireworks ban in our region. Before the ban, firefighters responded to an average of 104 fires caused by fireworks in the nine days between June 28 and July 6. Since then, the average number of fires caused by fireworks has increased dramatically dropped to five. There were so many fireworks fires around the Fourth of July before the ban that some emergency medical calls to 9-1-1 had to be backlogged until first responders were available to be dispatched.

Regional fire departments are reminding everyone that the sale and use of all amateur (consumer) fireworks are illegal in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Millwood, Liberty Lake and unincorporated areas of Spokane County.

Illegal possession or use of fireworks can result in offenses of $536 for every violation, in addition to fines and court costs. Persons who start a fire may also be liable for restitution of damaged property and recovery of the Fire Department’s response costs.

All fireworks are prohibited, including – but not limited to – non-explosive military devices such as large flares, certain propellants, specialty fireworks and larger devices used in public displays, firecrackers, torpedoes, flares, candles rockets, sparklers, bottle rockets and similar materials containing any explosive or combustible compound. If you light it, it’s illegal.

The statistics
Based on the number of fires caused by fireworks between 1983 and 1992, the fireworks ban was prevented at least 2,700 fires.

In addition to the number of fires and injuries caused by consumer fireworks each year, fireworks can negatively impact neighbors, pets, and people living with post-traumatic stress disorder or sensory conditions.

Fireworks patrols will be launched on July 4th in some areas. Violations of the fireworks ban should be reported to Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Firefighters in the area would like to wish the community a happy Independence Day. We encourage everyone to celebrate the holiday safely by watching one of the area’s fireworks displays provided by licensed pyrotechnicians.

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