Officials warn fireworks illegal in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - Fireworks ban

Independence Day is just two days away and fire officials are out warning the public that fireworks remain illegal in Spokane.

While fireworks are synonymous with the 4th of July, if you set them off in Spokane and get caught you need to be prepared to pay a hefty fine.

The fireworks ban is not a new thing. It's been in place in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County for 21 years as well as Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake.

Fireworks are legal on private property in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Bottle rockets, missiles and firecrackers are illegal anywhere in Washington state.

In Coeur d'Alene non-aerial fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubbs Hill or City Park.

Fire officials held a press conference Tuesday to remind people to remind people to celebrate safely and legally this 4th of July.

"They are inherently dangerous, they malfunction, even with so-said safe use and practices, fireworks cause fires and injuries," Spokane Fire Marshal Lisa Jones said.

Jones said since the ban has been in place the number of fireworks-related fires have declined dramatically. Emergency rooms have also seen an 83-percent reduction in injuries caused by fireworks.

If you get caught setting off fireworks fines start at $513 plus the cost of fire department response and the cost of damages. If you see someone setting off fireworks in the banned areas you can call Crime Check to report them at 456-2233.