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.|
State Fire Marshal 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|
|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|
|Hoquiam||Restricted||July 3rd, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight|
|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.|
|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 Chuck Wallace 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.
- A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times, and the fire must be extinguished before leaving it.
- 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