SPOKANE, Wash. - With Independence Day a week away, the Spokane Fire Department is sending out a reminder that the sale and use of amateur fireworks is illegal in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Millwood, Liberty Lake, and the unincorporated areas of Spokane County.
Possession or use of illegal fireworks can result in a $536 citation for each violation in addition to other fines and court costs. Violators are also held liable for restitution and damaged property if they're responsible for starting a fire.
2017 marks the 25th year in which all consumer fireworks have been banned from Spokane County.
SFD estimate that the fireworks ban has prevented 2,220 fires, based on the number of fireworks-caused fires between 1983 and 1992 before the ban was put in place.
Violations of the fireworks ban should be reported to Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
A professional fireworks display will take place on the 4th of July at 10 p.m. at Riverfront Park as part of the community celebration of the holiday. Festivities in the park begin at noon.
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