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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Fireworks and Dry Weather Conditions Don’t Mix
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
6/25/2004  8:43:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Charity Jensen (206)386-1337
Kyle Moore  (206) 386-1679


Fireworks and Dry Weather Conditions Don’t Mix

As the Fourth of July approaches and you gather together with friends and family to celebrate, keep in mind Seattle is coming off of one of the driest springs on record. Sparks can ignite dry grass and brush in an instant. Firefighters will be on the lookout for accumulations of dry vegetation throughout neighborhoods this summer.

You can do your part to keep Seattle safe this 4th of July by remembering that there are no legal fireworks in the City of Seattle. The fireworks ban was enacted to protect you and your neighbors. The Seattle City Council’s 1993 decision to ban fireworks has dramatically reduced the number of 4th of July fires and injuries to which Seattle Firefighters respond.

In order to help you make safe choices during this holiday season the Seattle Fire Department has compiled the following facts:

  • The Washington State Fire Marshal reports 1,072 fires and 244 injuries statewide in fireworks related incidents for 2003.
  • Incidents resulted in over $2 million in property loss.
  • Sparklers, the most common firework given to small children, burn at temperatures high enough to melt gold. In a matter of seconds the flash of a firework can change a child’s life.
  • The Seattle Police Department will enforce the City of Seattle fireworks ban. If you are caught using fireworks you can be fined up to $500 and sentenced to 180 days in jail.
  • There are several large public firework displays you can watch if you want to include fireworks as a part of your 4th of July celebrations. Check the Seattle Fire Department website at www.seattle.gov/fire for a list of local events.

The Seattle Fire Department encourages you to abide by the law and celebrate safely. Leave the danger and the work to trained professionals and enjoy a public fireworks display.

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