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The Longview Fire Department reminds citizens to be prepared, safe, and responsible with fireworks - 07/01/24

With the 2024 fireworks season in full swing, Longview Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway reminds residents to use fireworks safely and responsibly and to comply with all local and state laws.

According to the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office, in 2022 there were 198 reported fireworks-related injuries and 310 fires caused by fireworks resulting in losses totaling over $2.5 million within Washington State.  Nationally, the National Fire Protection Association reports U.S. hospital emergency departments treat an estimated 9,000 people for injuries and fire departments respond to over 19,000 fires each year.

“If you are going to be celebrating July 4th with consumer fireworks, be sure you are aware of how to use them to reduce your chances of injuries and fires.  Also, become familiar with the laws regarding which fireworks are legal and when they can be used”, Dunaway said.  “Don’t become a statistic.” 

  • Be Prepared - Use only legal fireworks that are purchased locally at licensed sales locations.  Fireworks purchased outside of the city (such as on Tribal lands or online) are often of a type not allowed by law.  Keep pets indoors so they don’t get scared and run away.  And always have a source of water nearby (a bucket of water or garden hose) just in case.
  • Be Safe – Only use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles, and dry vegetation.  Follow the directions on the device and do not hold in your hand or throw fireworks.  Always place fireworks on a hard, level surface so that they don’t tip over.  Never try to re-light a ‘dud’ – wait 20 minutes and then place it in a bucket of water.
  • Be Responsible – Soak all used fireworks in water overnight to be sure they are completely cold before placing them in the trash.      Never place used fireworks debris in or near your home.  Keep matches and lighters away from children.  And be a good neighbor – use fireworks only during legal dates / times and discharge them in a manner that keeps debris on your property.     

Fireworks can be used in the City of Longview during these dates and times:

June 28th                                                              12:00 p.m. (noon) to 11:00 p.m.

June 29th through July 3rd                              9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

July 4th                                                                  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight)

July 5th                                                                  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

                                December 31st (New Year’s Eve)                6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on January 1st

 

It is illegal to use fireworks in any City of Longview parks.

To report complaints about fireworks, please call the Longview Police Department non-emergency number at 360-442-5800, Option #4.   

 

For additional information about fireworks use and safety, visit the Longview Fire Department’s web page at https://www.mylongview.com/656/Fireworks.  You can also contact us at 360-442-5503 or via e-mail at LFD@mylongview.com.

Fire Displaces Local Business - 06/24/24

Longview, WA.  Units from Longview Fire Department, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, Medix Ambulance, and Longview Police responded to the report of a building fire in the 300 block of Oregon Way late Sunday evening.  Bystanders reported windows blowing out and flames extending to the roof. 

Longview Fire arrived to find a small commercial occupancy heavily involved in fire.  Crews positioned hose lines in a defensive position to fight fire from the exterior while protecting the neighboring buildings from the extending flames.  Units from Cowlitz 2 arrived and worked with Longview Fire to force-entry through exterior steel doors, allowing for the fire to be extinguished.  Crews determined the occupancy was safe for entry to extinguish any hotspots and to begin their investigation. 

“This is an example of a high-risk situation outside of our normal residential fires,” stated Longview Fire Battalion Chief Matt Amos.  “The fire was allowed to burn for an extended period of time due to no indicators to alert the passing public.”  Chief Amos credited the coordination of resources that minimized the impact on the community. 

ServPro provided board-up services to ensure the occupancy was secure until the owner could return to the scene the following day. No injuries were reported.  The fire is still under investigation by Longview Fire’s Investigation Team.

 

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