Yelm Police Adding Additional Coverage for Fourth of July Weekend


There will be more officers out patrolling the streets this Fourth of July weekend, Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil says.

Law enforcement officials are expecting rowdier residents and more calls this weekend given the holiday lands on a weekend for the first time in five years.

Stancil said his department is experiencing about two or three calls a day for fireworks complaints.

“Use common sense and be respectful of your neighbors,” Stancil said, adding that residents should also clean up after themselves if they use fireworks.

The City of Yelm does not have a ban on fireworks during the holiday. Common fireworks may be purchased or sold within the city limits from June 28 through July 6 and during other dates for New Year’s Eve.

According to Thurston County municipal code, fireworks discharge within the county is restricted 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on both July 3 and 4.

Within Yelm city limits, fireworks can be discharged during the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., June 28 through July 6, and 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4, according to the city code.

Due to the cancellation of many large fireworks shows due to the COVID-19 outbreak, residents may experience an increase in the use of commercial fireworks in their neighborhood.

If you see a fire, call 911.


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