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Independence Day

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Bellevue residents and communities across the country come together on the 4th of July to enjoy a variety of events, culminating with spectacular fireworks displays. Fireworks shows have been an integral part of our Independence Day celebrations since 1776. However, fireworks, when used incorrectly, can cause great harm to us, our pets and our communities. The use of fireworks has been illegal in Bellevue since 1994, except for permitted displays. Nonetheless, the City of Bellevue routinely receives complaints about the use of fireworks throughout the year, particularly around the 4th of July. Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks, such as fires, devastating burns, injuries and even death.

In 2015, there were 481 fireworks-related injuries and/or fires reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal including 17 that resulted in amputations. Because the month of July is usually very dry, fireworks are the unfortunate and unintended cause of fires every year. During 2015, there were 1,063 reported fires caused by fireworks, which resulted in $4,729,969 of property loss in the State of Washington. The National Weather Service is currently predicting above average temperatures for the period of April – June.

Bellevue Fire and Police recommend that people take advantage of the elaborate public displays in Bellevue and throughout the region. These displays are done by licensed professionals in coordination with the Fire Department with the safety of everyone as a primary focus. Please consider treating your family to a fun 4th of July this year by attending one of these free public fireworks displays 

The best way to protect you and your family is to not use fireworks – period. We are asking for your help in making this 4th of July a safe and fun day. Please help us spread the word that fireworks are illegal in Bellevue.  You can help us get the word out by “hosting” a yard sign or asking us to send a reminder to a neighbor that may not have gotten the word.

Bellevue Police and Fire Departments will be conducting fireworks safety patrols throughout the City of Bellevue, and those patrols will include enforcement. Please keep your community safe by observing the fireworks ban ordinance.

Remember, the use and/or sale of fireworks, except for permitted displays, is illegal in Bellevue and may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or treated as a civil violation where monetary penalties could be assessed.

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