|| June 27, 2016
||David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal
Public urged to "Stand Up and Do Right" on this
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
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
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,
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.
to view fireworks safety tips and other ways you can "Stand Up and Do
Right!: this Independence Day.
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