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Grandview tightens up fireworks rules for Fourth of July

GRANDVIEW - City of Grandview officials are reminding local residents of the rules, regulations and responsibilities for fireworks in anticipation of July 4th celebrations.

Fireworks may be purchased in the city of Grandview beginning Thursday, July 2, at 10 a.m. The fireworks must be legal and purchased by an adult, ages 18 and older.

Fireworks can only be discharged within the city limits between the hours of 9 a.m. and midnight on July 4.

Fireworks are prohibited in the city parks. The discharge of firearms is prohibited within the entire city limits.

Fireworks purchased on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation or out of town are often illegal.

There are legal consequences for any injury or damage caused by irresponsible use of fireworks, ranging from being charged with malicious mischief to assault, a gross misdemeanor.

A gross misdemeanor can bring a fine of up to $5,000 and/or a year in jail.

The city advises preparations before lighting fireworks. They include purchasing only legal fireworks, storing fireworks out of the reach of children, keeping pets safe indoors and ensuring water is readily available.

To be safe when lighting fireworks, the city advises only adults light them, and fireworks should only be used outdoors. Also suggested is not throwing fireworks or holding them in your hand, and to protect your eyes, and lighting one firework at a time and move away quickly and never re-light a "dud."

After the fireworks are discharged, residents are advised to soak them in water and clean up any used fireworks.

Adults are also asked to set family boundaries and talk with children about celebrating safely, using care in selecting an area for discharge of fireworks and the type of fireworks to be discharged within the area. Grandview residents should only purchase fireworks at a licensed outlet within the city and to not discharge explosive devices, such as M 80s, M 100s or M 1,000s. These guidelines are set by the city to encourage the responsible use of fireworks when celebrating.

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