If history tells us anything, we dig fireworks.
Now it’s almost time to celebrate our nation’s independence in the most American way possible. Lighting fireworks on and around July 4 is a long tradition often undertaken with Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” as a soundtrack.
The state started allowing fireworks sales on Sunday. But there are restrictions on where, when and how they can be ignited. And caution must be exercised — especially during a dry summer like the one Washington is already having.
“It is a concern with the drier conditions, but people will use fireworks regardless,” Bill Spencer, Tacoma Deputy Fire Marshall said.
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Fireworks of any kind are prohibited within the city limits of Tacoma, as well as in Fircrest, Ruston and Steilacoom.
Firecrackers, bottle rockets and skyrockets are illegal everywhere in Washington, except on tribal lands.
The Tacoma Fire Department tries to inform citizens about the city’s ban by putting up notices and announcing the public firework displays held at Cheney Stadium on July 3 and along Ruston Way on July 4.
Tacoma Police now have extra patrols assigned to firework enforcement through July 5. Violators may receive a $257 citation and have their fireworks confiscated.
“I’ll use my fire extinguisher more during this holiday than at any other time during the year,” said Community Liaison Officer Shelbie Boyd.
Authorities also want you to remember that fireworks should be kept away from children and used with caution. A reminder came already on June 15 when a 7-year-old Auburn boy was burned in the face in a fireworks incident.