Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: 4th of July
6/28/2005 10:45:00 AM
Charity Jensen 386-1337
Kellie Randall (206) 386-1335
Subject: Just the Facts about Fireworks
As friends and family gather to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, please choose to show your patriotism wisely and safely. In order to help you make a safe choice the Seattle Fire Department has compiled the following facts.
Fact: There are no legal fireworks in the City of Seattle . The fireworks ban was enacted to protect you and your neighbors. The City Council's 1993 decision to ban fireworks has dramatically reduced the number of 4th of July fires and injuries caused by fireworks.
Fact: On a typical 4th of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined.
Fact: 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.
Fact: 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.
Fact: 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.
Safety should never take a holiday. Use this information to make safe choices regarding your 4th of July celebration. The Seattle Fire Department encourages you to follow the law and watch one of our City's wonderful public displays.