In the hands of amateurs, fireworks can cause injury and even death. Before buying fireworks know the the dangers.
A report of an 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. Click here for a list of firework accidents.
Fireworks Threaten Animals
Firework explosions can produce 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 than the human ear. 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 than the noise from gunshots (140 decibels) and low-level flying jets (100 decibels).
Common Discharge Dates
June 28th…………………….12:00pm to 11:00pm
June 29th – July 3rd……..9:00am to Midnight
July 4th………………………….12:00pm to 11:00pm
June 5th…………………………9:00am to 11:00pm
December 31st……………..6:00pm to 1:00am
Sky Lanterns are strictly prohibited at Lake Cavanaugh (Legal Fireworks definition RCW 70.77.136)
- 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 backward 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 imminent danger. The smoke bomb created a forest fire grew 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.