Don't call 911 in WA about fireworks

Don't call 911 in WA about fireworks

Don't call 911 in WA about fireworks

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

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Posted on July 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -  To avoid tying up 911 operators this Fourth of July, the Washington fire marshal's office is asking the public to call 911 only in the event of a real emergency.

For example, don't call to ask if fireworks are legal in your city or to report fireworks being used in a banned area or time; call a non-emergency police or fire number.

The fire marshal's office says do call 911 to report a fire or injury caused by fireworks or if someone is making their own fireworks.

The Washington State Patrol says this list should be used a guide when to call 911 regarding fireworks.

When to call 911:

  • You have a fireworks-related injury
  • A fire has started due to use of fireworks
  • A neighbor is using illegal fireworks (M-80s, for example)
  • You have found a short piece a pipe with a fuse coming out of it
  • Your next-door neighbor is making fireworks in their garage


Don’t call 911 for the following:

  • Trying to find out if fireworks legal in your city or county. Search the Internet for local restrictions or call your local police or fire department’s NON-EMERGENCY phone number.
  • Reporting fireworks violations, whether they are being used in a banned area or being used late at night or early morning.
  • Learning where to get a fireworks stand license. Call the state fire marshal at (360) 596-3913 or check the Internet.
  • You have old fireworks you want to get rid of. Call your local police or fire department’s NON-EMERGENCY phone number.
  • If your neighbor has a storage container filled with fireworks. Call your local police or fire department’s NON-EMERGENCY phone number.


 

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