2017 Fireworks Information
By Larita Humble
From the Office of the State Fire Marshal – the dates and times common fireworks may be legally sold or discharged in areas with no ban or restrictions are:
June 28th………………………Between 12:00 noon & 11:00 PM
June 29th thru July 3rd…….Between 9:00 AM & 11:00 PM
July 4th…………………………Between 9 AM & 12:00 Midnight
July 5th…………………………………Between 9 AM & 11:00 PM
Dec. 31st…………………………….Between 6:00 PM & 1:00 AM
Sky lanterns prohibited at Lake Cavanaugh, Legal Fireworks definition RCW 70.77.136
Vacation Rental Property Owners – Please share this information with any renters, guests or family members.
Fires and injuries
A Texas teen lost his leg and may never see again following an accident with a homemade firecracker over the July Fourth weekend. Rowdy Radford, 15, was seriously injured on Saturday when he lit a sparkler bomb — 180 sparklers wrapped tightly with electrical tape — that quickly ignited and exploded in his face, CBS affiliate WWL-TV reports. The teen’s family said the explosion left a 4-foot hole in the ground and could be heard 4 miles away, according to the station. Radford and his best friend, who suffered minor injuries, were at his aunt’s home in Sargent, Texas, at the time of the incident. The teen received treatment at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Doctors amputated his left leg and said that several of his fingers had blown off. Metal shards from the explosive also hit his face.
Authorities told MLive that a Michigan man blew off part of his genitals with fireworks last Monday. Assistant Chief Terry Flynn of the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department told The Huffington Post that his men responded to the scene and discovered the unidentified man “bleeding profusely from the genitals.” Flynn said the man lit a mortar and, when it didn’t go off, he walked towards it only to have it blow up between his legs.
GRAHAM, Pierce County — A home in Graham was destroyed Saturday night after a teen accidentally shot a firework into the residence and set it ablaze, authorities said. No injuries were reported. Neighbors rescued pets from inside the home. Fire officials say a teen neighbor set off a firework in the yard next door Saturday evening that fired straight into the side of the home. The blaze had spread into the attic by the time firefighters arrived. Crews declared the home a total loss due to smoke and water damage.
The extent of fireworks-related injuries in the region is not yet clear. At Harborview alone, 30 people have been treated for firework-related injuries so far in 2016 — most for simple burns, although some had hands or fingers amputated. Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett has treated 17 fireworks injuries in its emergency department so far. Last year, that number was 24. The National Fire Protection Association said hospital emergency rooms across the nation treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks injuries in 2014.
Ah, the fourth of July. – A wonderful day filled with backyard bar-b-ques, celebration, and for 230 families, a trip to the emergency room. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average 230 fireworks-related injuries near and on the 4th of July. Some fireworks incidents turn deadly. In 2014, nine people died from eight different fireworks related accidents, including two who were not the lighters. The vast majority of injuries are burns, primarily to the hands, fingers, head, face, eyes and ears. Though sparklers and firecrackers seem innocent enough, they account for almost 40 percent of all fireworks related accidents.
Fireworks Threaten Animals
Firework displays and celebrations bring confusion, anxiety and fear into the lives of animals, causing many terrorized animals to run away from their homes in an effort to escape the frightening and traumatizing detonations.
Firework explosions can produce a blind panic in animals that can lead to serious injury, deep-rooted, debilitating fears, or even death. The ears of most animals are considerably more sensitive that the human ear. One can only imagine what they think, given how much more sensitive their hearing is than ours. The explosion of a firework (which can emit sounds of up to 190 decibels, a full 110 to 115 decibels higher than the 75- to 80- decibel range, where damage to the human ear begins) not only is proportionately more disturbing to an animal, it can also affect an animal’s acute sense of hearing. Fireworks generate a noise level higher that the noise from gunshots (140 decibels) and low-level flying jets (100 decibels).
Fireworks produce light, noise and air pollution. The explosion of fireworks also releases poisonous chemicals and particle-laden smoke, contaminating our natural environment. As a consequence, fireworks pose a hazard to wildlife living in or near areas where firework displays occur, as well as wildlife downwind. In addition, we cannot forget humans with asthma and other health problems.
Violation/911 calls regarding Illegal Fireworks
A report of illegal discharge of fireworks would be a lower priority call. If the report was during a burn ban, it would receive a much higher priority. The Sheriff’s office generally issues a verbal warning for a first offense; however subsequent offenses or if during a burn ban could result in a citation being issued.