Window opens for New Year's fireworks displays

Like the Fourth of July, the city has rules governing which fireworks may be used.

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WALLA WALLA -- People planning to ring in the New Year with pyrotechnics may want to keep the city's rules in mind before lighting the fuse.

Fireworks are allowed in the city from 6 p.m. today until 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a Fire Department news release.

The following fireworks are prohibited: sky rockets; missile-type rockets; firecrackers or salutes; chasers; jumping jacks; any firework specifically designed to produce a loud noise such as whistles, explosions or reports; and any other firework not defined as a non-aerial common firework.

Allowed fireworks include ground spinners, fountains, sparklers, smoke devices or snakes designed to remain on or near the ground and not to travel outside a 15-foot-diameter circle or emit sparks or other burning material that land outside a 20-foot-diameter circle or above a height of 20 feet.

The Fire Department offers the following tips for fireworks fans:

Children should always have an adult present.

Fireworks should never be tampered with or altered.

Fireworks should only be discharged in open areas away from structures, vehicles and combustible materials.

Always have a water hose, water bucket or fire extinguisher available.

Spent or "dud" devices should be soaked in water overnight then disposed of.

Please be conscientious and clean up yards and streets when the holiday is over.

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