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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 27, 2016
Contact: David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal
360.337.5777 or dlynam@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2016-061

Public urged to "Stand Up and Do Right" on this Independence Day

(Port Orchard, WA) –  Consumer fireworks go on sale June 28 in Kitsap County. As a reminder discharging fireworks in unincorporated Kitsap County is only allowed July 4th between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. As in past years the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Kitsap County Fire Chief’s Association are recognizing the danger fireworks present and are urging citizens to leave fireworks to the professionals. Every year there are approximately 18,500 fireworks-related injuries with approximately 230 people heading to the emergency room everyday in the month surrounding the Independence Day holiday.

In an effort to promote celebrating safely by enjoying a public firework display show, the Kitsap County Fire Chief’s Association will again donate $100 to each of the area’s public fireworks displays. “We want folks to stand up and celebrate our nation’s independence, but we want them to do it right,” says Kitsap County Fire Marshal, David Lynam. “Every year fireworks cause injuries, property loss and cause animals, especially dogs and horses, great distress. This year let’s be safe, let’s be good neighbors and let’s have a good 4th,” Lynam says. Click here for a list of free public display shows.

Those who decide to use consumer fireworks are reminded to purchase only legal fireworks from licensed fireworks stands. Consumer fireworks go on sale at locations in unincorporated Kitsap County, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo at noon on Tuesday, June 28 until 10:00 p.m. on July 4. The sale of fireworks on Bainbridge Island is limited to July 1 – July 4. Click here for a list of legal fireworks stands in unincorporated Kitsap County. Other legal fireworks stands are available within specified city limits. Contact your city for locations.

Authorized firework discharge periods are the same as last year with discharge of consumer fireworks limited to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, in unincorporated Kitsap County, the City of Bainbridge Island, the City of Bremerton, and the City of Port Orchard. Fireworks may not be discharged at any other time of the year.

Certain fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and skyrockets are strictly prohibited off of tribal lands. Having or setting-off these fireworks off tribal land is illegal and subject to civil and criminal penalties of up to $1,000. The possession or discharge of M-80s and larger, cherry bombs, tennis ball bombs, and legal fireworks that have been altered is a felony subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. For a helpful flyer explaining the difference between legal and illegal fireworks, click here.

Responsibility for the legal and safe use of fireworks rest with the consumer at all times. The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Kitsap County Fire Chief’s Association reminds you to use fireworks safely. Click here to view fireworks safety tips and other ways you can "Stand Up and Do Right!: this Independence Day.

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Last Updated:  June 27, 2016