Legal fireworks are OK on Bainbridge Island only on July 4

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department is reminding residents that fireworks are permitted on the island only between the hours of 5 and 11 p.m. July 4.

Legal fireworks can only be purchased from licensed fireworks stands, said Assistant Chief Luke Carpenter.

Consumer fireworks went on sale Tuesday, June 28 in unincorporated Kitsap County, Poulsbo, Port Orchard and Bremerton and continue through 10 p.m. July 4.

The sale of fireworks on Bainbridge Island is limited to July 1 through July 4.

Certain fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and skyrockets are strictly prohibited off of tribal lands, according to the fire department. Having or setting-off these fireworks away from tribal land is illegal and subject to civil and criminal penalties of up to $1,000.

The possession or discharge of M-80s and larger, cherry bombs, tennis ball bombs, and legal fireworks that have been altered is a felony that is subject to a fine and/or imprisonment.

Bainbridge officials are also reminding residents to play it safe with fireworks.

Only adults should light fireworks, and kids and other observers should stay a safe distance away from the discharge area. Keep unused fireworks, matches and lighters out of sight and out of the reach of children.

A water hose or fire extinguisher should also be kept nearby to put out stray sparks.

Finally, people should light fireworks out of doors, and only in a space that is away from buildings, brush, trees or other flammable items.

Also remember that duds can be dangerous, and people should soak all firework debris and used, unlit fireworks in a bucket of water.

If an item does not light or go off, an adult should wait at least 15 minutes before approaching the dud then place it in a bucket of water.

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