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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 27, 2006
Contact: David Lynam
Phone: (360) 337-4442
No. 06-49

Kitsap County Fire Marshal Announces Fourth of July Firework Sales and Discharge Periods

PORT ORCHARD, WA—The 2006 Fourth of July firework sales period begins tomorrow at noon in unincorporated Kitsap County. Fireworks may be sold to persons over 16 years old beginning at noon on June 28 until 9:00 p.m. on July 5. Firework sales are prohibited between 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., except on the Fourth of July, when fireworks may be sold until midnight.

 

Washington State legal fireworks may be discharged beginning at noon on June 28 until 11:00 p.m. every evening through July 5. On July 4, fireworks may be discharged until midnight. These regulations apply to unincorporated Kitsap County only.  Sale and discharge periods may be different within the boundaries of the cities of Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Port Orchard. Contact your local fire districts in each of these cities for more detailed sales and discharge information.

 

For the safest viewing experience, county fire services recommends you enjoy a professional firework display at one of our local community events open to the public, including Liberty Bay in Poulsbo on July 3 at dusk, Port of Kingston in Kingston on July 4 at dusk, Sinclair Inlet in Port Orchard on July 4 at 10:30 p.m. and after the baseball game and concert at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on July 4.

 

David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal, recommends you remember to “Celebrate Safely—It’s Your Responsibility.” Lynam also offers these safety tips:

  • Be Prepared: Discharge fireworks only in safe areas away from people, pets and other animals or combustible materials. Select fireworks appropriate for the safe discharge area. Weather conditions make grass, vegetation and even rooftops very vulnerable to fire. Set family boundaries and use fireworks only under direct adult supervision. Only adults should light fireworks and handle matches, punks or lighters.
     

  • Be Responsible: Only use Washington State legal fireworks purchased from licensed, permitted firework outlets. Bottle rockets, skyrockets and firecrackers are illegal to possess or discharge. Use fireworks only during legal discharge periods. Soak used fireworks in water once fired. Clean up and properly dispose of all firework debris. Be a good neighbor.
     

  • Be Safe: Store fireworks in a secure area out of the reach of children. Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hands once lit. Protect your eyes from sparks and burning debris. Light only one firework at a time and immediately move away to a safe location. Never attempt to modify, take apart or manufacture any type of firework material. Never try to relight a dud. If a firework doesn’t light right away, give it some time as ignition is often delayed. Soak duds or other misfires in a bucket of water before disposing.

According to Sheriff Steve Boyer, consumer use of fireworks does have an impact on our county’s law enforcement and emergency responders. 

 

"If everyone takes the time to be prepared, be responsible and be safe, Fourth of July will be a much more enjoyable experience for you and your families," said Sheriff Boyer. "I encourage all of you to be courteous to your neighbors and think 'safety' at all times."

 

In 2004, there were six injuries and 87 fires attributable to fireworks, and the county’s law enforcement agencies received 817 firework-related complaints between June 25 and July 7.

 

Kitsap County follows state regulations by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, a bureau of the Washington State Patrol.

 

Related: Kitsap County Health District: "Parent Awareness Can Prevent Fireworks Injuries"

 


To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Office, 
call PJ Callahan at 360-337-4481 or email: pjramos@co.kitsap.wa.us

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014