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Thurston County OKs fireworks in unincorporated areas because fire danger is low

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Every year around the Fourth of July holiday, emergency departments see an influx of injuries caused by fireworks. Mayo Clinic experts say your hands, face and eyes are particularly vulnerable.
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Every year around the Fourth of July holiday, emergency departments see an influx of injuries caused by fireworks. Mayo Clinic experts say your hands, face and eyes are particularly vulnerable.

Fireworks will be allowed in unincorporated Thurston County this Fourth of July.

County code allows the county manager to ban fireworks in times of “extreme fire danger.” County Manager Ramiro Chavez said this week the fire danger is currently low and that is not expected to change based on the weather forecast leading up to the Fourth of July.

He said he consulted with the county fire marshal, local fire districts and the state’s Department of Natural Resources in making that decision.

Friday is the first day for firework sales are allowed. In Thurston County, the use of fireworks is limited to 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 and 4.

Fireworks are still banned within Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater.

Professional fireworks displays will happen Wednesday evening in Lacey, and Thursday evening in Tumwater and on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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