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Emphasis on Safety as Renton Fireworks Ban Enforced

June 8, 2015

For more information contact:
Mark Peterson
, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator, Fire & Emergency Services 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 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 on July 4. The ban on fireworks went into effect in 2005, by voter approval, and prohibits the personal discharge of fireworks within the city limits year-round, including on July 4 and New Year's Eve. It is also illegal to sell or possess fireworks within the city limits.
FireworksBanThe 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.”

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-80s, M-100s, 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 safely, the community is encouraged to attend Renton’s public fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, at 10:00 p.m. at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. Festivities and activities begin at 12:00 p.m. so go early and make a day of it with your family.

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 rentonwa.gov/4thofJuly.