SPD on July 4th and Fireworks

Below is the Seattle Police Department (SPD) announcement about fireworks, and a plea to avoid non-emergency calls to 911 about fireworks.

The Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department would like   to remind the public that fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle.

The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of   fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors   punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to   those who use them. Every year the Seattle Fire Department responds to   fireworks-related fires and injuries. The holiday related fires and injuries are preventable.

On the 4th of July, 911 centers become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. DO NOT call 911 unless you have a   life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or   medics. Unnecessary 911 calls block people with real emergencies from   reaching 911 and getting help.

Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.

Calling 9-1-1 about fireworks

On the 4th of July, 911 centers become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. DO NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. Unnecessary 911 calls block people with real emergencies from reaching 911 and getting help.

Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.

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