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Fireworks laws vary in local cities, county

 

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Fireworks confiscated last year by the Marysville Police Department.

This will be the second year that fireworks are banned in Marysville, while Arlington and Snohomish County residents can discharge them only on July 4.

As scheduled in Marysville's original ordinance the fine for discharging fireworks is also increasing this year to $257 from $103.

Next year it is scheduled to increase to $513 which is where the fine is planned to remain.

Marysville officials and local fire district officials say the ban went well last year.

"We do believe that there was a reduction in incidents last year," said Christie Veley, public education and information specialist with the Marysville Fire District.

"There was not a single fireworks-related injury in the City of Marysville last year, and that is not really normal for us," she said.

Local police issued many more infractions than in previous years, according to Connie Mennie, public relations administrator with the City of Marysville.

"Following an extensive public communications campaign over several weeks leading up to the holiday, Marysville police strongly enforced the law. This is reflected in a dramatic increase in charges compared to previous years," she said.

In 2017 the police department issued 51 infractions/citations and 13 warnings. In 2016 the department issued 15 infractions/citations and 72 warnings.

Veley said that the Marysville Fire District is trying to get the word out again about the ban.

"We hope that people will listen to the ban again this year," she said.

Those in unincorporated Snohomish County can discharge fireworks from 9 a.m. to midnight, said Veley.

Those unsure if they are inside Marysville city limits or not can find a map at marysvillefiredistrict.org.

Arlington residents can also use fireworks until midnight on July 4

"They have to be the 'safe and sane' fireworks," said Arlington's acting fire chief Dave Kraski. "If you buy them in one of the vendors that will be in Arlington, the only kind of fireworks they can sell are the 'safe and sane' ones,."

Veley also encourages those who are going to discharge fireworks to choose the safe legal ones.

Both Veley and Kraski suggest keeping water nearby in case something catches on fire.

"Have a bucket of water handy," said Veley. "Last year there were several small grass fires, like there usually is."

"If the weather continues as it is going now, it's going to be a hot and dry Fourth of July," said Kraski.

Keeping fireworks away from small children is also important, said Veley.

"Many people think it's safe to give sparklers to their children, but those can burn at 2,000 degrees," she said, which is "easily hot enough to burn a child's hands."

Those who want to report illegal fireworks should use the non-emergency line to keep the emergency line open.

The non-emergency line for the county is 425-407-3999.

Of course the safest thing to do is attend one of the public fireworks shows instead, said Kraski, who encourages people to attend Arlington's show which is at Quake Field next to the Arlington Boys & Girls Club at 18513 59th Ave NE, Arlington. It begins at dark.

 

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