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Know the rules on fireworks for a safe, legal Fourth

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — For the Fourth of July, many people are excited for the food, time with family, and firework displays that come with the holiday. But, officials want everyone to adhere to the rules and restrictions on fireworks that cities have created in order to keep residents safe. 
In the cities of Edmonds, Everett, Gold Bar, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo, no fireworks of any kind are allowed to be lit.
In the city of Snohomish, fireworks may only be shot off within city limits from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. If these rules are violated, the fireworks may be confiscated and a fine of up to $500 may be incurred.
In Monroe, fireworks may only be used between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on July 4. In the case that these laws are broken, the fireworks may be taken and a fine of up to $1,000 could be levied.
In unincorporated areas of the county, fireworks are only allowed between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on July 4.
“We will be responding to calls as usual, and will be ready to take action if anything illegal happens,” said Shari Ireton, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The type of permissible firework is also limited. Although fireworks like rockets, missiles, M-80s, and firecrackers may be legal on nearby tribal lands, they are not legal in Snohomish County. Firework use on public streets, parks, or parking lots is illegal. If they are being used on private land, they must be used with permissions from the land owner and must stay in that area. The person discharging must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol of any kind.
Local officials say they are ready to respond to all types of emergencies for the holiday.
Snohomish Fire District 4 Chief Ron Simmons said that small safety precautions can go a long way to prevent injuries or fires. 
“You need to do simple things. You need a responsible adult, you need to have a water source nearby, and you need to watch out for children. Also, make sure you always have someone ready to call 911 if something does go wrong,” Simmons said.
Last year, errant fireworks damaged a few houses and set a few fires.
Most seriously, a man accidentally blew his hand off with a sparkler bomb in Everett.
In Snohomish, there was a structure fire at a house on Pine Avenue which was attributed as being likely caused by fireworks. In Monroe, a house fire spread to the attic and Old Owen Road was closed for two hours. The homeowners were not home when the fire happened.
Everett Police spokesman Officer Aaron Snell said previously that in 2017 there were two citations issued on the Fourth of July, as well as 192 calls for service related to fireworks, 582 calls total for the day,
and police seized between 80 and 100 pounds of fireworks.
Call 425-407-3999 in order to report non-life-threatening firework use. If a fire breaks out or a person is injured, immediately call 911.
 There are many opportunities to see a public fireworks display, such as at the Colors of Freedom 4th of July Festival in Everett or the USA Birthday Bash at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.


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