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Fireworks Ban in Effect within Renton City Limits

June 9, 2008

For more information contact:

Bill Flora, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, 425-430-7000 
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

RENTON: Renton residents are reminded that it is illegal to possess or discharge fireworks of any kind in the city of Renton throughout the year, including the 4th of July.  Since 2005, there has been a total ban on the use, sale and possession of any fireworks within the city limits of Renton.

“This fireworks ban was instituted in 2005 as a way to protect citizens and their property,” said I. David Daniels, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator. “We have seen a reduction each year in the number of painful injuries and fires caused by fireworks, and must credit the ban for this reduction.” 

Fireworks have been the cause of many fires and tragedies. Prior to the ban, property losses caused by fireworks incidents totaled $575,000 over a five-year period, and the city received over 230 calls every year related to fireworks injuries. Statewide, in 2006 there were more than 1,000 fireworks-related emergency incidents resulting in more than $9 million in property loss. After the ban, property loss caused by fireworks in Renton reduced to $8,000 between 2005 and 2007.

The Renton Police and Fire Departments will actively enforce the ban and will work jointly to issue citations and confiscate fireworks. Violators are subject to both criminal and civil citations and can be fined $100 to $500. Additionally, the sale, possession, and use of explosive devices such as M-80's, M-100's, and homemade or modified fireworks are a felony offense, and violators will face criminal prosecution. To report violators, please call 9-1-1.

To enjoy fireworks in a safe environment, citizens are encouraged to attend Renton’s public fireworks display held on Friday, July 4th, at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. The event will feature a variety of activities for the kids and exciting stage entertainment, as well as restaurants and concession stands with food. The day will end with a 20-minute fireworks display at 10:00 p.m. 

For more information about the fireworks ban, call the Renton Fire Department at 425-430-7000. For information on Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July Celebration call 425-430-6600.