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100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Wait continues for stranded motorists

A watered-down firecracker ordinance “won’t spoil Fourth fun,” said a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline.


100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Windstorm strands hundreds of motorists after ferry is swept away

Some motorists reported being stranded for 48 hours, and that locals were providing food “at exorbitant prices.” A line continued to form as more drivers arrived hoping to cross the …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Fires and mayhem’ lead to proposed firecracker ban

Spokane’s fire chief made a controversial request: Ban firecrackers in the city, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 10:51 a.m.

Royal Fireworks Concert dazzles audience after two-year absence from Riverfront Park

The free concert and fireworks show returned to Riverfront Park after a cancellation in 2017 due to funding woes and construction in the downtown park. Ballet dancers performed at twilight, …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Northern Quest Fourth of July fireworks show halted after it sparked 5 brush fires

What was supposed to be the “largest fireworks show between Seattle and Billings, Montana” was cut short after it sparked five brush fires in the first 10 minutes.


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Parades, parties, pomp and circumstance fill Fourth of July

The national holiday to mark America’s birth as a country was filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and of course, fireworks.


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Police shoot man suspected of firing gun at Coeur d’Alene’s downtown fireworks celebration

Coeur d’Alene police officers chasing a man they believed had fired a gun within a crowd watching the city’s annual fireworks display shot and injured the suspect late Thursday.


100 years ago in Spokane: Demand strong for giant, dangerous fireworks

Sales of firecrackers, Roman candles, pinwheels and rockets were strong in Spokane — and one fireworks retailer said that even these were considered too tame by some purchasers.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Rules for the Fourth of July haven’t changed: fireworks banned in Spokane city limits, most of the county

Fireworks are banned in most of Spokane County, including Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Liberty Lake and all unincorporated areas.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 7:37 a.m.

100 Years Ago in Spokane: Teen’s fireworks burns Holmes Elementary; heavyweight fight news to be relayed by megaphone on newspaper’s balcony

Fireworks ignited a blaze on the roof of the Holmes School; The Spokane Daily Chronicle planned to relay news of a heavyweight fight with a megaphone on the balcony of …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

Free fireworks concert returns to Riverfront Park on July 28

After a two-year absence, a free concert with fireworks is returning to Riverfront Park.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Witnesses back up landlady who shot and killed drunken man who brandished club. But she remained in jail.

Henry E. Haley succumbed to a gunshot wound he received two days earlier at the Thorslund hotel, 226 W. Riverside Ave.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

Spokane kicks off 2019 with a bang in Riverfront Park

New Year’s Eve revelers gathered by the hundreds to watch fireworks in Riverfront Park.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Spokane’s New Year’s fireworks display moving to 9 p.m.; First Night hopes to make comeback

Celebrate New Year’s at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Riverfront Park. The earlier time is meant to coincide with park activities, not necessarily New Year’s in New York.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Nearly 2 dozen cited for firework violations during July Fourth

Local fire fighters issued 22 citations in Spokane on Independence Day holiday and received hundreds of firework related calls leading up to it.


Fireworks explosion kills 24, injures 49 near Mexico City

Twenty-four people were killed and at least 49 injured Thursday when a series of explosions ripped through fireworks workshops in a town just north of Mexico City, according to officials.


Last year 262 Washingtonians were injured by fireworks

Every Fourth of July, firefighters around the country remind Americans not to injure or kill themselves by patriotically blowing things up. Last year, about 262 Washingtonians did not heed the …


Behind the sparks: How Spokane gets its Fourth of July fireworks

For spectators at this year’s July Fourth fireworks show at Riverfront Park, little more is required than to just show up. But for Dale Cyr


July Fourth brings some of the year’s worst air pollution, thanks to fireworks

Americans’ fervor for Fourth of July fireworks has some unfortunate side effects.


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

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.


Yakama Nation tribe gets restraining order in fireworks dispute

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Klickitat County from shutting down fireworks stands operating on tribal land in the county.


Have a blast: Options abound for checking out fireworks displays on July 4

Fireworks are a must on the Fourth of July. Whether you are looking to enjoy live music, a cold beer with friends or a more quiet evening of celebration, there …


Boise officials to seek restitution if fireworks spark blaze

The Boise Fire Department says it will seek restitution from the vendors and the users if illegal aerial fireworks spark a blaze in the city.


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Silverwood Theme Park cancels Fourth of July fireworks display

Silverwood Theme Park is canceling its annual Fourth of July fireworks show amid concerns about fire danger.


Migratory birds shooed away by drone, fireworks, lasers

Montana Resources and Atlantic Richfield Company’s growing arsenal of migratory bird tools were recently put to use to scare about 1,100 birds off of the Berkeley Pit.


Man arrested for starting small brush fire with fireworks in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood

A man was arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with a fire started in a field near Second Avenue and South Pittsburg Street in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood.


Sue Lani Madsen: Neighbors silver lining in goat roundup

Camping on Independence Day weekend can mean enduring a thoughtless stranger’s ill-timed fireworks.


Large portion of fireworks stolen in Montana recovered

Federal investigators have recovered a large portion of the more than $21,000 in professional fireworks and equipment stolen a day before the city of Great Falls’ planned July 4 fireworks …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

A boisterous Fourth sends pets scrambling

This year’s Fourth of July in the Inland Northwest appeared to be quiet, and not particularly dangerous or smoke-and-fire-filled, though it did feature its fair share of spooked dogs and …


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Riverfront Park construction crowds fireworks festivities

Many Spokane residents weren’t deterred by Riverfront Park construction and came downtown to watch the annual fireworks display.