State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced that the number of retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2013 is down 2.5%, or 23 licenses, from 2012. A state license is required before a city or county can issue a permit to operate a fireworks stand in Washington.
Licenses are issued by County; with Thurston County seeing the largest drop in retail fireworks stand licenses issued with nine, followed by King County, eight; and Grays Harbor, five.
Sales of consumer fireworks begin on June 28, 2013, at noon and end on July 5, 2013, at 11:00 pm. A number of city and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks. Be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before using fireworks.
Attending a public display is a safe and fun way to enjoy fireworks. To learn about a fireworks display near you, visit http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.