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Grandview cautions residents on fireworks use

GRANDVIEW - The legal sale of fireworks in the city of Grandview begins one week from today, Friday, but city officials are reminding residents of the restrictions associated with them.

Assistant Police Chief Mark Ware noted that legal fireworks can be purchased in the city starting at 10 a.m. next Friday, July 2, until 10 p.m. on July 4. A person must be 18 or older in order to purchase fireworks.

City code also stipulates legal fireworks can only be discharged in Grandview from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4. Fireworks are prohibited in city parks and the discharge of firearms is prohibited in the city.

According to city code, many fireworks sold on the Yakama reservation or out of town are illegal in Grandview.

In addition, the irresponsible use of fireworks can have legal consequences, ranging from malicious mischief to assault charges, which carries a fine of up to $5,000 and/or one year in jail.

Ware notes that a major concern in the city isn't just the safe and legal discharge of fireworks, but the litter that is potentially left behind.

"Historically, the biggest issue we have is the mess left the next day," Ware said. "People like to have their fun setting off fireworks, but they sometimes fall short of their responsibility to clean up after themselves."

Ware continued, "In years past, there have been absolute mounds of expended fireworks left in the streets. That being said, the last couple years have been much better."

That's a positive he hopes to see continue for July 4, 2010.

"We hope that trend continues. There will be extra officers on duty the night of July 4 to deal with the increased call volume," Ware said.

"All in all, the police department wants people to celebrate the Fourth of July in grand fashion," he added. "Remember what you are celebrating and above all be responsible about how you do it."

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