Fireworks Sales Begin June 28th

Consumer firework sales across the state will begin at noon on Tuesday, June 28 and continue until 9:00 p.m. on July 5.  State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy reminds residents to “know the laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks,” and “only purchase legal fireworks.”  This year 867 retail fireworks stand licenses were issued.

Statewide sales and discharge period allowed by RCW 70.77.395
Date Sales Period Discharge Period
June 28 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
June 29 – July 3 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
July 4 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
July 5 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

With fireworks sales just days away it is a good time to remind everyone that personal fireworks require personal responsibility.  With a little care and planning you can ensure that your family has a fun and safe Fourth of July:

  • Check with your local fire or police department
    • Be sure the fireworks you purchase are legal to possess and discharge
    • Know the dates and times fireworks are allowed in your community
    • Only purchase legal consumer fireworks
  • Children should not be able to readily access fireworks in the home
    • Store fireworks in a secure location to prohibit access
    • Purchase the day intended to use the fireworks
  • Use care in selecting the area where you will be discharging fireworks
    • Follow the directions and warning listed on the firework
    • No fireworks without adult supervision
    • Summer weather conditions make grass and other vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire
    • Do not allow children to play with fireworks under any circumstances

Remember the three B’s of fireworks safety:

  • Be Prepared – Have water nearby and put pets indoors
  • Be Safe – Only adults should light fireworks
  • Be Responsible – Clean up fireworks debris

Attending a public display is a safe and fun way to enjoy fireworks.  To learn about a community fireworks display near you, visit our website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.  For more information contact your local fire department, or the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (360) 596-3946.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.

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