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Yakima Officials Stressing Fireworks Safety, Laws

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The warnings are all over the place about the danger of fireworks.

They are banned in the city of Yakima but that does not stop some people, says Capt. Tom Schneider of the Yakima Fire Department. He says the department will be working with Yakima Police from now until the Fourth of July.

We’re putting together a strategy of how to enforce the ban. We’re just encouraging people not to use fireworks and not to have them in their possession in the city of Yakima.

Last year the use of illegal fireworks caused a big brush fire on North 16th Avenue that burned near Mercy Theaters. The smoke entered one of the theaters’ air systems and the theater had to be closed, costing the business money. One firefighter was also injured battling the blaze.

Schneider is hoping people stay safe this year by attending a public fireworks show, such as the one at State Fair Park on the Fourth.

Possession of all fireworks is illegal in unincorporated areas of Yakima County. A violation of this code is a misdemeanor and the violator can face a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 90 days.

Only enrolled Yakama tribal members on the Yakama reservation are exempt from the rule.

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