In Washington, the sale and shooting of fireworks is limited to certain hours around July 4 and New Year`s Eve. Legal fireworks in the state include Roman candles, cone fountains, sparklers, ground moths, rechargeable mortars, and cylindrical fountains. For a complete list of legal fireworks in Washington, click on this link. Here are some of the areas where fireworks are allowed on the fourth of July – but check the link below for specific times. If you come across a device that you suspect is illegal or dangerous, contact your local law enforcement agency or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is your responsibility to be aware of the fireworks laws in the area where you intend to purchase and unload. Always check with local authorities to find out what`s legal in your area. However, state law leaves some leeway for local regulations, such as when fireworks can be sold or unloaded. Cities and counties can even ban the sale and firing of fireworks altogether.
RCW 70.77.395 specifies the authorized dates and times for the sale or dumping of fireworks, as shown in the table below. However, this does not apply to tribal areas. [C] Consumer fireworks classified as celestial rockets or rocket-like rockets, fireworks, firearm salutes, or pursuers as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Consumer Products Safety Commission, unless otherwise specified in RCW 70.77.311. To report fireworks being set off in a prohibited area, call the Snohomish County non-emergency number at 425-407-3999. States with stricter fireworks laws cited data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission showing thousands of people are injured by fireworks each year, with several deaths also reported. In 2019, approximately 10,000 fireworks injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms. The number of deaths from fireworks this year was 12, according to the Commission. Sky lanterns are now allowed in Washington State when tied (e.g., dragon string or similar material). The rope must remain attached for the duration of the flight and the lantern material must be recovered and disposed of appropriately.
Any fire started with a sky lantern (attached or not) is subject to reckless burning laws and violations of fire regulations, which can result in civil fines and criminal charges. Indiana — which lies between Illinois and Ohio — has one of the mildest fireworks laws. Cities and counties may charge a fee for the sale of fireworks and shows sufficient to cover all legitimate costs up to the maximum amounts prescribed in RCW 70.77.555. In addition to obtaining a state license, RCW 70.77.260(1) states that anyone wishing to manufacture, import, sell, or transport fireworks must also obtain a local permit issued by a city or county before engaging in these activities. Below are the general rules regarding when fireworks can be sold and unloaded in certain areas of Washington State: State and federal laws prohibit items such as M-80s, M-100s, modified fireworks, and homemade devices, as these devices are powerful and can cause devastating injuries. State-licensed fireworks stands must be approved by the city or county where they are sold. Items such as fireworks, bottle rockets, celestial rockets, and rockets may not be sold, possessed, and/or unloaded in the state. However, these items are legal throughout the country and can be sold or unloaded on certain designated tribal lands. There are license exceptions for the purchase and use of certain agricultural and wildlife fireworks by government agencies and for the purchase of consumer fireworks by religious or private organizations for “religious or specific purposes,” subject to approval by the local fire department officer (RCW 70.77.311). State law allows fireworks to be sold at noon on June 28, and sales in areas where fireworks are allowed can continue until July 5 at 9 p.m.
But many cities in Washington have more restrictive laws that prohibit fireworks. Here are some of the major cities that ban fireworks: Where are fireworks legal and where are they illegal in Washington State? Here`s all the information you need to know for the fourth of July. It is unclear whether local governments have the authority to impose an immediate ban on fireworks during times of high fire risk. The Washington State Patrol (WSP) enforces state fireworks laws (see Chapter 70.77 RCW and Chapter 212-17 WAC). For general information on fireworks, licensing and fireworks laws for emergency services, visit WSP`s Fireworks page. Cities and counties can, by ordinance, further restrict the days and times on which fireworks can be sold and unloaded, or even ban the sale and unloading of fireworks altogether, but local regulations cannot be less restrictive than state law. A 14-year-old boy lost his left hand Monday and injured his right hand while playing with firecrackers. The most common injuries or causes are: being hit by fireworks, holding or throwing them, lighting or relighting them, and leaning over fireworks. The following ordinances completely prohibit fireworks, with the exception of public displays, religious activities, private events, and agricultural and wildlife uses. The Washington State Fire Marshal`s office has two documents that can help identify legal and illegal fireworks: fireworks, bottle rockets, missiles, and missiles can only be legally possessed and unloaded on tribal lands. These items are illegal in Washington State and become illegal fireworks if owned outside of tribal lands.
RCW 70.77.401 prohibits the sale or offer for sale of the following types of fireworks: People can report fireworks set off online between 6 p.m. Friday and Tuesday 6am. Here is a link. RELATED: Some July 4 fireworks will be replaced with drones due to fire concerns This list is not exhaustive and is intended only to provide political examples. The Washington State Fire Marshal`s Office used to keep a list of cities and counties with fireworks restrictions and bans, but abandoned that list. M-80s and above, dynamite and all improvised, homemade or modified explosive devices such as tennis balls or cherry bombs are illegal explosive devices. People who possess or use illegal explosive devices can be charged with a crime. ACROSS Washington — While plans for the celebrations of the 4.
With the increase in July in Washington and on-site in Seattle, those looking to set off fireworks can refresh laws regarding popular holiday activity. Check out a summary of previous July Fourth fireworks below: SEATTLE fireworks go on sale in select areas of Washington State starting Tuesday, June 28. But many cities and counties have banned the sale or use of fireworks. Here`s what you need to know before July 4. The laws governing the sale and unloading of fireworks differ in each incorporated city in Whatcom County. This list, compiled by the Washington State Patrol, shows Whatcom County information on the use of fireworks. For specific questions, please contact the fire department of the city concerned for information on fireworks in these jurisdictions. Algona – Auburn banned – allowed on July 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. “If it goes up or explodes, it`s illegal in Auburn!” Beaux Arts Village – Bellevue forbidden – Black diamond forbidden – Allowed July 4, 9:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m. Bothell – Forbidden (temporary) Buria – Carnation prohibited – Forbidden Clyde Hill – Covington prohibited – Forbidden Des Moines – Duvall forbidden – Forbidden (emergency) Enumclaw – Allowed July 4, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Federal Way – Hunting point prohibited – Allowed July 4 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., *15 minutes after points 4. Fireworks – Midnight Issaquah – Kenmore forbidden – Kent forbidden – Forbidden Kirkland – Lake Forest Park prohibited – Forbidden Maple Valley – Medina prohibited – Mercer Island prohibited – Forbidden Newcastle – Normandy Park prohibited – Allowed on July 3, 6pm to 11pm, 4. July, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
North Bend – Prohibited (temporarily) Pacific – Forbidden Redmond – Renton prohibited – Sammamish prohibited – SeaTac prohibited – Seattle prohibited – Littoral prohibited – Skykomish prohibited – Follows state law (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.) Snoqualmie – Allowed July 4, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. No discharge of “antenna devices.” Tukwila – Banned Woodinville – Banned Yarrow Point – Banned Kris Zambo, owner of Dynamite Fireworks in Hammond, Indiana, told Patch in 2018 that a law passed in the mid-2000s essentially made fireworks in the state of Hoosier “wide open.” His store`s proximity to the Illinois border allowed the family to transform a side business selling fireworks into a permanent store that attracted crowds of Illinois cars. Some jurisdictions have issued ordinances that come into effect after the one-year legal waiting period in RCW 70.77.250(4) authorizing certain officials (such as the mayor, county council, sheriff, or fire marshal) to prohibit fireworks under emergency conditions such as high fire risk. Fireworks cause injuries and fires in Washington every year. According to the Washington State Fire Marshal`s Office, there were 237 firecracker injuries in 2020. Some jurisdictions have used non-binding consultation votes to get citizen feedback on whether or not to ban consumer fireworks. Current examples can be found in our Local Voting Measures Database.