Feds out looking for banned fireworks around the state

Feds out looking for banned fireworks around the state
During the days before the Fourth of July, police here in Washington state say they are on the hunt for banned fireworks.

To highlight some of the most dangerous fireworks they find on the street, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and Puyallup Tribal Police put on an explosive show and tell.

Investigators say many fireworks that are illegal in our state, are bought on a reservation.

Fireworks like the tennis ball bomb or the lightsaber, that shoots M80s.

"These could be deadly and we had a fatality in the Tri-Cities last year with this very with this very type of shell," Brennan Phillips, of the ATF, said.

The ATF and local fire departments recommend you take in a professional shows put on by your local community.

They are safer and they are also free.

To highlight some of the most dangerous fireworks they find on the street, the ATF, and Puyallup Tribal Police put on an explosive show and tell.

"People are hurt with these every year across the country, and these are not devices that should be in anybody's hands," Det. Chris Dausch, of Puyallup Tribal Police said.

Fireworks like the tennis ball bomb.

"Tennis ball bombs are very much a Northwest sort of, original, unfortunately," Phillips said.

Investigators say many fireworks that are illegal in Washington state, are sold on reservations.

"Anything that is legal under federal regulation, you can buy on an Indian reservation, but you cannot buy illegal flash powder devices. Those are not legal anywhere," Dausch of the Puyallup Tribal Police said.

One of the most popular illegal fireworks is the lightsaber, that shoots M-80s.

"A child had their hand taken off at the Muckleshoot Reservation last year with one of these," Phillips said.

Sometimes they even find regular folks, trying to light large professional fireworks off in their backyard.

"These could be deadly and we had a fatality in the Tri-Cities last year with this very with this very type of shell," Phillips said.

If you are caught buying or selling illegal fireworks, the feds say they will prosecute.

"It certainly doesn't make sense in my mind to ruin your July 4th season by becoming a felon," Phillips said.