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Fireworks Ban In Effect Within Renton City Limits

June 17, 2010

For more information contact:

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

RENTON, WA—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.  The ban on fireworks went into effect in 2005, and prohibits the personal discharge of fireworks within the city year-round, including on the 4th of July and New Year's Eve.  It is also illegal to sell or possess fireworks within the city limits.

“The fireworks ban is in place to protect citizens and their property and it is working,” said Mark Peterson, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator. “Since 2005, we have seen a significant reduction in the number of painful injuries and costly property losses related to the use of fireworks.”

In 2009 there were 31 fireworks related calls on the 4th of July.  This was a substantial reduction from the previous year when firefighters responded to 115 fireworks related incidents.

Violators are subject to both criminal and civil citations, confiscation of fireworks and possible fines of $100 to $500.  Additionally, the sale, possession, or use of explosive devices such as M-80's, M-100's, and homemade or modified fireworks are felony offenses, 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 Sunday, July, at 10:00 p.m. at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd.

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