2018 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 are strictly 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.
A 38 year old Arizona man was fatally injured in his garage while attempting to manufacture fireworks.
A 27 year old man accidentally placed a firework in a tube upside-down and then lifted the tube above his head. The firework exploded from the bottom striking the man in the neck killing him.
A 26 year old man fell backwards off his roof killing him after a mortar fireworks device exploded in his hand near his chest.
A man decided to get rid of a pesky bee’s nest in his garage with a smoke bomb ultimately burning down his garage.
A man was bending over a firework to light it when it went off hitting him in the chest killing him.
A 42 year old man shooting off fireworks with his children watching, lit a firework in a tube made to shoot fireworks 40 to 50 feet in the air didn’t go off. As he bent over the tube the fireworks ignited in his face. He was dead on arrival at the hospital.
A mother and her one month old daughter were injured when a firework launched sideways instead of going straight up. The projectile hit the mother who tossed her baby from her arms onto a nearby blanket.
A 15 year old boy, part of a group of teenagers, threw a smoke bomb into a forested canyon starting a fire. The onlooking teens giggled and recorded on their cell phones seemingly unaware of the eminent danger. The smoke bomb created a forest fire growing to more than 48,000 acres including recreation areas trapping 153 hikers. The firefighting cost exceeded $20 million to which the teen faces charges of reckless burning, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
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.