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Pasco leaders reviewing new fireworks policy after fires, complaints

Pasco leaders reviewing new fireworks policy after fires, complaints

First responders in Pasco report at least 14 fires and plenty of complaints about both legal and illegal fireworks.

City leaders said the fires were caused by aerial fireworks, which are illegal, or by spent explosives being improperly disposed of.

They said they'll be reviewing the decision to allow fireworks, and exploring options for cracking down on illegal and unsafe fireworks brought in from other counties.

Pasco police sergeant Scott Warren said officers were busy on Wednesday's holiday, but it's too soon to tell if it's related to the city's decision to lift the firework ban,

"We want the citizens of Pasco to have a good time and celebrate the Fourth of July," he said. "The lawmakers need to figure out, 'Did it help? Did it not help?' We were busy, but we're always busy on the Fourth of July."

Leaders said they're preparing a detailed report for the city council on fireworks related incidents, but final numbers are still being gathered.

Pasco city officials want to remind you that newly-legal fireworks will be illegal after 11 p.m. Thursday night, but say that whenever you set them off, spent explosives need to be soaked in a bucket of water for 24 to 48 hours before being bagged and thrown away.

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