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When Can I Discharge Fireworks in University Place?

The city says fireworks in UP can be discharged only from 9 a.m. to midnight July 4.

(Editor's note: This is from the City of University Place's website)

You must be 16 years of age to purchase, possess and discharge fireworks within the City. Children under the age of 16 must be under direct supervision of an adult.

Fireworks that are purchased at reliable retailers licensed by Washington State are legal. All locations in University Place sell only legal fireworks. If you choose to purchase fireworks elsewhere, you are responsible to know the difference between legal and illegal fireworks.

July 4th is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for law enforcement. Call volume begins to escalate about a week before the holiday and eventually tapers off a few days after. If you see or hear a situation that requires an immediate lights-and-sirens response (where somebody’s life or property is in immediate peril), please call 911. The phone may ring several times if the communications center is experiencing high call volume. Just let it ring until a communications officer answers. Do not hang up.

If you have a situation that does not require an emergency response (like a noise or fireworks complaint), please call the dispatch center’s 24-hour non-emergency number: 253-798-4722. That number is answered by the same people who answer 911, but they answer ringing 911 calls first. So when communications officers are inundated with emergency calls, the non-emergency number might ring for a while. You may either let it ring until somebody answers, or hang up and call back later when the call volume has slowed.

The 4th of July falls on a Wednesday this year, meaning that many neighbors will be headed back to their work routines early Thursday morning. Please take the time to talk with your neighbors about their neighborhood plans for the 4th of July. Fireworks can be legally discharged until midnight. It is important for neighbors to have good communication to help manage expectations concerning neighborhood celebrations.

For more information or to see a list of legal fireworks, view the Fireworks Pamphlet.

View the UPTV Program: UP Responds - Fireworks Rules & Guidelines

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