The 4th of July is right around the corner and firefighters are always concerned about the use of fireworks especially in hot dry conditions of summer. Remember if you're 4th of July plans include lighting fireworks make sure you're not lighting the fireworks in the city of Yakima.
ALL TYPES OF FIREWORKS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN YAKIMA CITY LIMITS
All fireworks are banned within city limits because of concerns about fire and safety. Officials from the the Yakima Fire Department reminds everyone that per Yakima Municipal Code it's illegal to store, sell, possess or discharge fireworks in the City of Yakima.
THE YAKIMA FIRE CHIEF SAYS FIREFIGHTERS ARE ALWAYS BUSY
Every year the Yakima Fire Chief hopes everyone stays safe. Aaron Markham encourages everyone to attend public displays. He says even though fireworks have been banned for years in the city they cause problems every year. In 2021 for example he says Department Firefighters responded to 27 fires during the 4th of July weekend. They say most were grass fires caused by the use of fireworks. Last year the number was similar caused by the same problem, people playing with fireworks.
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND A PUBLIC EVENT THIS YEAR
Fire officials are hoping instead of playing with fireworks that you'll attend a free public fireworks show like the celebration at Yakima's State Fair Park. The fireworks start at 10:00 pm at State Fair Park, 1301 South Fair Avenue. Other public shows are planned in the valley including at Selah's Carlon Park 300 E. Goodlander Road.
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