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The Cities of Algona, Auburn and Pacific Join the VRFA to Encourage a Safe Independence Day

As Independence Day celebrations near, the cities of Algona, Auburn and Pacific, along with the Valley Regional Fire Authoritylinks to external site encourage everyone to adopt safe fireworks practices to help prevent fires and injuries. 

Attending a public fireworks displaylinks to external siteis a great alternative to discharging your own fireworks.

If you decide to use fireworks, the following tips will help prevent injuries and fires:

  • Know and follow the fireworks laws in the area you will be discharging them.  The cities of Auburn and Pacific only allow discharge of legal fireworks between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.  on July 4. Algona allows discharge on July 3 from noon – 11 p.m. , July 4 from noon -11:59 p.m., and July 5 from midnight to 2 a.m.
  • Read and follow all fireworks manufacturer instructions and safety recommendations. Choose a safe area to discharge them.
  • Only adults should discharge fireworks. Keep children and other observers well back from the discharge area. Consider that Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 1,200 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Trim any tall grass close to buildings or fences. Clean all gutters and the roof.  Move all burnable items away from homes. One stray firework can easily ignite shrubbery or other combustibles.
  • Keep garden hoses ready to wet down the discharge area and extinguish small fires. Have a bucket of water to place discharged fireworks in before disposal.
  • Light one item at a time and move away quickly.  Maintain a safe distance from fireworks display area.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Do not approach or try to re-light “duds.”  Wait several minutes before disposing in a bucket of water.
Go to www.vrfa.orglinks to external site for more information on Algona, Auburn and Pacific fireworks regulations, including what fireworks are legal. Auburn has an additional resource at www.auburn.gov/fireworks.