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Celebrate July 4th safely

boy-with-sparkler-in-handsSummer’s officially underway, and July 4th celebrations are just around the corner.

For fireworks safety, follow these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Council on Fireworks Safety, and the City of Walla Walla:

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Have an adult present.
  • Buy from reliable fireworks sellers.
  • Ignite outdoors.
  • Have water handy.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  • Light one at a time.
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.
  • Dispose of properly.
  • Never throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

In Walla Walla, fireworks are allowed from 9 a.m. on July 4 until midnight on July 5.

The following fireworks are prohibited in Walla Walla (see this post on the city website):

  • Sky rockets, including bottle rockets.
  • Missile-type rockets, such as roman candles.
  • Firecrackers or salutes “chasers,” or ground-level rockets.
  • Jumping jacks or other fireworks that may move unpredictably.
  • Any firework specifically designed to make a loud noise, such as a whistle, explosion or report (bang).
  • Any firework not defined as a non-aerial common firework.