By now you know this 4th of July will pretty much be a legal bust.  I say "legal bust"  because we all know there will be folks setting of fireworks in Yakima's city limits.

But the truth of the matter is you don't have to lighting them up and setting them off to be violating city rules.

A recent City of Yakima press release sets the record straight.

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) reminds the community that per Yakima Municipal Code 10.15.015, it is illegal to store, sell, possess or discharge fireworks in the City of Yakima.

In other words, "but officer, they're not mine. I'm just holding them for a friend" is no excuse. "Store, sell, possess or discharge"...the big four of "sorry, you're busted."

Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham says, “We encourage community members to celebrate safely this July 4th, and that includes not discharging fireworks in the City...each year there are a number of fires that result from the use of fireworks.”

Officials estimate there were more than 70 fires county-wide during last year’s July 4th holiday.

So...don't set them off yourself, chances are your neighbors will and you can just watch can cruise out to Selah or drive past Moxee.   Happy Birthday America.

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