Tri-Citians who see flares being fired on the Columbia River tonight need not worry -- it's not an emergency, just a planned safety training event.
Benton County emergency services officials said they wanted to alert residents in advance about the event to prevent an overwhelming number of calls to the 911 dispatch center.
From 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Richland Yacht Club will be having a safety training event near Columbia Point Marina. The event includes firing off expired flares.
The Coast Guard approved the training event and local law enforcement has been alerted, officials said.