As of Wednesday, June 22, 2016
OMAK – Amateur pyrotechnics experts wanting to put on a Fourth of July bash will have to do it within the city limits, but not within the Colville Indian Reservation portion of the city.
The tribe announced last week that fireworks were not allowed anywhere on the nearly 3 million acre reservation, which includes part of the city of Omak.
City administrator Todd McDaniel said that only safe and sane fireworks are allowed in city limits, but not in areas that fall within the reservation.
“The tribe is going to enforce no fireworks on that side,” McDaniel said. “We just want to get the message out to everybody to be safe.”
In years past, anyone was allowed to light off fireworks at East Omak Park. McDaniel said the city agrees with the tribes’ decision, but worries that people will take fireworks elsewhere.
“We know that’s a safe area. We don’t know where they’re going to end up,” McDaniel said. “We’ll see what happens.”