Just in time for Independence Day, the City of Tacoma sent out the following press release this morning, clarifying what you can expect if caught with fireworks in the city limits:
Fireworks are prohibited in Tacoma
All fireworks are illegal within the Tacoma city limits. Violators of the fireworks law are subject to a fine and the confiscation of their fireworks.
Most fireworks violations are class 2 civil infractions and can result in a $257 fine; citizens using fireworks are still subject to arrest for other charges (i.e. arson, reckless burning, and assault). Fireworks are only permissible within city limits when a permit has been issued for a sanctioned public event.
Citizen’s can report fireworks violations from July 1 to July 6 by calling (253) 798-4722. If the fireworks violation appears to put people or property in immediate danger, call 911. The Tacoma Police Department will have special enforcement patrols and regular patrols to respond to fireworks related calls.
For more information about fireworks safety, burn prevention and local Fourth of July events, visit www.cityoftacoma.org or call the Tacoma Fire Prevention and Preparedness Bureau at (253) 591-5740.