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Fireworks Ban In Effect Within Renton City Limits

For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2009

William Flora, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, 425-430-7061
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

RENTON: Renton residents are reminded that it is illegal to possess or discharge fireworks of any kind anywhere 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.

“It only takes an instant for a person to lose their home or be seriously injured from fireworks,” said I. David Daniels, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator. “The fireworks ban helps us protect citizens and their property.”

In 2008 there were 115 firework related calls on the 4th of July and $7,600 in property damage over the course of the entire year.  The ban is being credited with the reductions in the number of fireworks related injuries and costly property losses resulting from the use of fireworks.

Violators are subject to both criminal and civil citations, confiscation of fireworks and possible fines of $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 on Saturday, July 4, at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton. 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 & Emergency Services Department at 425-430-7000. For information on Renton’s 4th of July celebration call 425-430-6600 or visit rentonwa.gov.