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As a reminder, only common fireworks are legal within the North Bend city limits and may only be discharged between 9 a.m. and midnight on July 4th.
North Bend Municipal Code (NBMC) states in part:
8.20.040 Retail sale and discharge of fireworks.
A. Only common fireworks are legal for sale to the public.
B. It is unlawful to sell fireworks to any persons under the age of 16 years. The seller shall require proof of age by means of display of a Washington State driver’s license or photo identification card issued by the Washington State Department of Licensing. No other forms of identification shall be accepted.
C. The sale of any fireworks prior to noon on June 28th or after 11 p.m. on July 4th of each year is prohibited, except where otherwise provided in this chapter.
D. The possession, use or discharge of any fireworks are prohibited at all times, except between 9 a.m. and midnight on July 4th each year, except where otherwise provided in this chapter.
The Fourth of July can be a fun time filled with great memories and family gatherings. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. To help you celebrate safely this Fourth of July, Eastside Fire & Rescue offers the following safety tips:
Before you light fireworks — be prepared:
Sky Lanterns are banned in Washington State.
When lighting fireworks — be safe:
Be Responsible – after the fireworks are done:
Clean up all debris when finished.
Duds can be dangerous. If a fireworks item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least fifteen minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.
Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.
Before throwing away any used fireworks, make sure they are cold. Soaking in a bucket of water for at least 10 minutes before placing the fireworks in a plastic garbage bag will ensure they won’t catch anything on fire. Do not soak unused fireworks in water.
Even legal fireworks can be dangerous. Alarming statistics show children between the ages of 6 to 11 years old account for the highest percentage of injuries each year. Something as simple as a fireworks sparkler burns at a temperature of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. All too often, “Safe and Legal” fireworks end up in the hands of young children who may be unsupervised.
Eastside Fire & Rescue and fire departments throughout the State encourage you to take a few precautions during this Fourth of July. The safest way to celebrate this year is to attend a professional fireworks display in your area.
Any incident that has resulted in a fire, or an injury requiring emergency response, should be reported by calling 911.