Fireworks rules throughout Grays Harbor

Fireworks sales within Washington officially begin today, although that might not be where you live. 

Consumer firework sales across the state will begin at noon on Tuesday, June 28 and continue until 9 pm on July 5.

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.

 

Charles M. Duffy told KXRO that residents should “know the laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks,” and “only purchase legal fireworks.”

Some local cities have additional rules regarding sale and use.

County/City Ban or Restricted Sales Period Discharge Period
Grays Harbor None    
Aberdeen Restricted July 1st, 11 a.m. to July 4th, 11 p.m. July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight
Cosmopolis Restricted   July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight
Elma None    
None    
Hoquiam Restricted   July 3rd, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight
McCleary None    
Montesano None    
Oakville None    
Ocean Shores Restricted   July 2nd to 3rd, 12 p.m. noon to 11 p.m. July 4th, 12 p.m. noon to 12 a.m. midnight
Westport Restricted   Discharge only along the beach at Half Moon Bay, at least 200 feet west of the beach grass line. July 4th, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Pacific County None    
Illwaco None    
Long Beach None    
Raymond Restricted Follows state law except on July 5th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon Follows state law except on July 5th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon
South Bend None   July 3rd, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4th, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight

 

 

Deputy Director of Emergency Management asks residents that may visit the local beaches to light off fireworks, remember to “be 100+ feet away from the dunes, move closer to the water and always point towards the ocean to prevent sparks from landing in the dry dune areas.” and to pick up any leftover debris.

Wallace also reminds residents and visitors that the paper floating “Japanese Lanterns” or “Chinese Lanterns” are prohibited in Grays Harbor . These small hot air balloons are in violation of state outdoor burning rules.

WAC 173-425-060(5)(c)(vi).

  • A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times, and the fire must be extinguished before leaving it.

Wallace added:

  • Use extreme caution when discharging fireworks around other people, pets and children.
  • DO NOT drink adult beverages and discharge fireworks. Countless injuries occur each year linking alcohol consumption and discharging fireworks.
  • Please DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. Designate a driver to transport everyone home safely from your holiday activities.
  • Please be courteous and remove your debris when you leave the beach. Soak all fireworks debris in water and dispose of it properly.DO NOT put fireworks debris in your car or in trash receptacles unless it has been thoroughly soaked in water.

 

 

 

The State Fire Marshall reminds residents of a few things to remember as fireworks are legal to remain safe:

  • 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

 

 

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