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Legal fireworks you can light off in the state of Washington

Legal fireworks you can light off in the state of Washington
CLARKSTON, WA - The fourth of July can be a confusing holiday for residents of the LC Valley, when it comes to purchasing fireworks and setting them off.

Monday, KLEW news finds out what fireworks you can shoot off in the state of Washington and which ones you can't.

There's nothing quite like it. Fireworks in the air, hot dogs on the grill and 'America the Beautiful' playing in the background. And for those who's Fourth of July traditions include lighting off some of your own, Highland Fireworks in Clarkston and Asotin County Fire District No.1 said there's ten types of fireworks that are legal to light off in the state."

"'I'm here with Asotin County District No.1 Fire Chief Noel Hardin thank you for joining us," said reporter Veronica Miracle. "And we're going to be displaying what's legal in Washington as you celebrate Fourth of July. Now what do you have here today?'

"We have basically three types of fireworks that are legal here in Washington," said Hardin. "We have a basic sparkler that are real popular with the kids. We do have the roman candles and the large mortar.'"

Hardin said sparklers seem like the safest type of fireworks but if a spark hits a dry brush there could be trouble. Always keep a bucket of water nearby just in case. Asotin County Sheriff's Department Captain Dan Hally said contrary to popular belief, roman candles and mortar shells won't get you cited.

"A lot of people are under the assumption that if it goes up, it blows up and it's illegal, well that's not true in the state of Washington," said Hally.

However, fireworks that can get you in trouble with the law include sky rockets and missiles, bottle rockets and firecrackers. Essentially any firework that has more than 130-milli-grams of explosive materials. And just in time for the festivities Building Official and County Planner Karst Riggers implemented an emergency burn ban on open burning in the unincorporated areas of Asotin County.

"This has typically been adopted for the last several years due to dry conditions," said Riggers. "This weeks we're a few weeks ahead of schedule."

Hardin said they've got essentially a full staff geared up in case of accidents.

Tune into KLEW news on Tuesday to learn more about fireworks rules and regulations for the state of Idaho.
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