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Fireworks sales begin soon

With less than two weeks until July 4, folks around here are making their plans.

Two public fireworks displays are planned within the Central Kitsap and Bremerton area.

One will be at the Bremerton waterfront and can be viewed from Bremerton Breakwater Park. Fireworks are planned to begin at dark on July 4.

Another public fireworks display is set for dark on July 5 at the BlueJackets home baseball game at Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

The discharge of fireworks in unincorporated Kitsap County is limited to 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. on July 4, according to the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Those are the same hours for discharge of fireworks within the city of Bremerton, too.

Sales of fireworks in both unincorporated Kitsap County and Bremerton, can begin at noon on June 28 and continue through 10 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks stands must close at 11 p.m. each night through July 3 and can open each day at 9 a.m., according to the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s office has issued 12 permits to operate fireworks stands within the unincorporated areas of the county.

Assistant Fire Marshal Jackie Blackwood said that’s about the average number per year. Across the state, permits for stands have been down about 4 percent.

Bremerton has issued 13 permits for stands this year, one more than last year.

It is illegal to set off some kinds of fireworks including bottle rockets, missiles, skyrockets, M-80s, and larger cherry bombs, tennis ball bombs, and any legal fireworks that have been altered.

Penalties can range up to $1,000 per incident and can carry jail time.

The county regulations do not apply to tribal lands, the county fire marshal’s office said.

Fireworks safety information is available online at www.kitsap1@co.kitsap.wa.us, or call the county fire marshal’s office at 360-337-7181.

 

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