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In 2016, at least four people died and about 11,100 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
On a typical Fourth of July, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Each July 4, thousands of people, often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. According to the State Fire Marshal’s website, “fireworks-related injuries were up slightly in 2016, with 242 injuries reported. There were 85 fireworks-related fires reported resulting in $265,000 in property loss.”
The City of Mountlake Terrace and South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue encourage residents and visitors to celebrate safely and legally. Here’s what you can do to help make this a safe July 4:
The city has a permit process for a public display of fireworks that includes hiring a professional pyrotechnician.
For more information about having a public fireworks display, contact a Permit Specialist at (425) 744-6267 or find the fireworks brochure online at http://www.cityofmlt.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/231.