Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Every year, the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks-related fires and injuries, even though selling, possessing or using fireworks is banned in the City of Seattle. These incidents could have been prevented by leaving the fireworks to the professionals.
The safest way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday is to attend a public fireworks show where you know the people organizing the event are trained on fire safety. The Lake Union Barge Display Fireworks Show starts at 10:20 p.m. on July 4, 2017 and can be viewed publicly on boats or on land at Gas Works Park and South Lake Union Park.
For a comprehensive list of Public Display Fireworks Shows by County, see the Washington State Fire Protection Bureau’s website.
On the Fourth of July, 911 centers can become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. Do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.
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