Aberdeen, Hoquiam, WA – The Aberdeen and Hoquiam Fire Departments are reminding residents that while the sale of legal fireworks in many areas of the state begins on June 28th, their cities have regulations that are more restrictive.
For the City of Aberdeen the sale of fireworks is allowed daily from 9:00 a.m. on July 1st until 11:00 p.m. on July 4th and the discharge of fireworks is allowed only on July 4th from 9:00 a.m. until midnight.
For the City of Hoquiam the sale of fireworks is allowed daily from noon on June 28th until 9:00 p.m. on July 5th and the discharge of fireworks is allowed only on July 3rd and 4th from 9:00 a.m. until midnight.
The fire departments also remind residents that fireworks that are legal on Tribal Land may not be legal off of Tribal lands.
They say that firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, and rockets are illegal in Washington State and become illegal fireworks when possessed off tribal lands.
M-80’s and larger, dynamite, and any improvised homemade altered explosive devices such as tennis balls or cherry bombs are illegal explosive devices.
They also recommend that a safe alternative to private fireworks is to attend a community fireworks display.
The Aberdeen and Hoquiam Fire Departments urge citizens who choose to have their own private fireworks displays to use the following precautions:
BEFORE YOU LIGHT FIREWORKS–“Be Prepared!”
WHEN LIGHTING FIREWORKS–“Be Safe!”
AFTER YOU FINISH, CLEAN UP– “Be Responsible!”
Visit the Washington State Fire Protection Bureau website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/state-fire-marshals-office/ or call your Hoquiam or Aberdeen Fire Departments for more information.