Auburn Police began extra emphasis patrols for fireworks on Monday, June 24.
The patrols will run each night through July 5.
Auburn Police Chief Bill Pierson said that on the big night, he expects to have between 12 and 15 officers on the streets, dedicated exclusively to responding to calls for service and fireworks complaints
“We are going to have more officers out and about this year focusing on illegal fireworks,” Pierson said. “Basically, the rule is, if it goes up and blows up, it’s illegal in the city. We’re also looking for safe discharging of fireworks to make sure they’re not being used recklessly, meaning they could create a fire, damage property or injure people. And we are also making sure the hours are being adhered to.
“We’re also working with the Muckleshoot Tribe again with regard to safety and traffic, and making sure that fireworks are discharged in the discharge area safely. The tribe is committed to that and wants to make sure it’s safe there,” Pierson said.
Remember: it is illegal to discharge any firework within the city except on the Fourth of July. Fireworks that are legal may only be discharged in the city on July 4. Fireworks may be discharged at the Muckleshoot fireworks stands, now through July 5; Sunday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m..; and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12 a.m.
Legal fireworks that may be discharged in the city on the Fourth of July include sparklers, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers and smoke devices.
In addition, the following can be discharged on federal tribal lands: sky rockets, chasers, missile-type rockets, mortars, firecrackers and salutes.
Please report fireworks complaints to 253-288-2121.