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Police warn: know fireworks restrictions


The city of Grand Coulee restricts the use of legal, personal fireworks to a single venue: off the top of North Dam.

But even there, local police would like you to know, they still have to comply with state law. And that lets out any mortar-style fireworks to those under the size of a golf ball.

Firecrackers are illegal, as are bottle rockets, or any other missiles or rockets and other fireworks lacking the proper state seal.

Officer Gary Moore said last week that he’d rather not spoil anyone’s fun, but he will if he discovers illegal fireworks.

Moore will be on duty when local folks are lighting up the sky from North Dam on the Fourth of July. That’s where the city has determined is the safest place, from a fire danger perspective, to allow fireworks.

But Moore said problems have occurred there in the past, sometimes when someone brings fireworks from across the state, thinking they can set them off there.

The city council passed a fireworks ordinance in May and specifically named North Dam as the place to light consumer fireworks, no where else.

They’re legal to set off on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

They are also legal on New Year’s Eve after 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.

You can be fined up to $1,000 for each violation.

Moore cautioned that fireworks buyers should make sure what they are buying is legal.

All fireworks are illegal in the town of Coulee Dam. Legal fireworks are not banned in Electric City.

Moore noted that fireworks sold on the Colville Reservation and other reservations are legal only in designated places on those reservations.

It’s been legal to sell fireworks on the Colville Reservation since June 19, but the only legal areas to set them off are Round Lake near Inchelium, and at Eastside Park in Omak.

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