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Spokane Fire Department gives reminder that fireworks are illegal in most of Spokane County

“This is for a going-away party and the 4th,” Candy Coon, of Spokane, says Friday as she carries a box of fireworks she purchased at Fighting Creek Fireworks in Worley . Her son is moving to New York. (Kathy Plonka/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)
“This is for a going-away party and the 4th,” Candy Coon, of Spokane, says Friday as she carries a box of fireworks she purchased at Fighting Creek Fireworks in Worley . Her son is moving to New York. (Kathy Plonka/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)

They’ve been banned in Spokane for 26 years. Their use can get you a fine of $536. And they tend to cause a lot of fires.

Fireworks are illegal to sell and use in most of Spokane County, and law enforcement asks that violations of the ban be reported to Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

However, there are some exceptions within the county:

Airway Heights

Sales: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Wednesday

Discharge: 9 a.m. to midnight Wednesday

Deer Park

Sales: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. now through Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday

Discharge: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday

Medical Lake

Sales: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday

Discharge: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday

If you buy ’em there,

keep ’em there

On the Indian reservations around Spokane, you can buy fireworks year-round. About 50 minutes driving from Spokane is Fightin’ Creek Smoke Shop in Worley, Idaho. The store sells many of the bigger fireworks: mortars, roman candles, artillery shells and bottle rockets.

But taking them off the reservation is illegal. The reservations, including Spokane, Colville and Coeur d’Alene, also have spots where people are allowed to set off the fireworks.

The Colville Reservation’s designated areas to light fireworks are Round Lake in Inchelium and Omak East Side Park in Omak, according to the Tribal Tribune.

Planning

for the Fourth

Fireworks shows are perhaps the best and cheapest way to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July. In Spokane, the main event takes place at Riverfront Park on Wednesday night, beginning at 10 p.m. Live music will be held in the park starting at noon.

Other licensed Fourth of July shows will be held in Liberty Lake, downtown Coeur d’Alene and Nine Mile Falls, and at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel, Spokane County Raceway, and Avista Stadium following the Indians game against the Tri-City Dust Devils.

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