WALLA WALLA -- The city's Fire Department reminds the public that only some fireworks are allowed to be discharged in the city limits for July 4th celebrations, and with restrictions.
Fireworks will be permitted within the city starting at 9 a.m. July 4 and ending at 1 a.m. July 5. Restricted fireworks, or those not allowed in the city, include fireworks designed to make loud noises or explosions, or shoot high up or out. Those are listed as: sky rockets and missile-type rockets; firecrackers or salutes; Chasers; and Jumping Jacks.
Allowed fireworks are the non-aerial common varieties, which are designed to stay on or near the ground, do not move beyond a 15-foot diameter circle, do not emit sparks or other burning material that can land outside a 20-foot diameter circle, or shoot higher than 20 feet into the air. Those include ground spinners, fountains, sparklers, smoke devices and snakes.
The Fire Department reminds the public that although a variety of fireworks will be available for sale locally, not all are allowed to be used within the city limits.
As an added caution, the agency urges the public to keep the following in mind:
- Children should always have an adult present
- Fireworks should never be tampered with or altered
- Fireworks should be discharged in open areas away from structures, vehicles and combustible materials like dry grass and weeds
- Always have a water hose, water bucket or fire extinguisher available
- Spent or "dud" devices should be soaked in water overnight, then thrown away
- Please be conscientious and clean up yards and streets when the holiday is over