Office of the State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy
Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Fireworks Sales Begin June 28th
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced today that consumer firework sales around the state will begin at noon, this Thursday June 28th until 9:00 pm on July 5th. This year 900 retail fireworks stand licenses were issued. With the beginning of fireworks sales just days away, it’s a good time to remind everyone that, “Personal fireworks require personal responsibility.”
Statewide sales and discharge period allowed by RCW 70.77.395.
|Date||Sales Period||Discharge Period|
|June 28th>||12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.||12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|June 29th to July 3rd||9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.||9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|July 4th||9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.||9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.|
|July 5th||9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.||9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|December 27th to 30th||12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m.||No Discharge|
|December 31st||12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m.||6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight|
|January 1st||No Sales||12:00 midnight to 1:00 a.m.|
“Parents should talk to their children before purchasing fireworks,” says Duffy, with these as discussion points:
- 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 on the firework.
- No fireworks without adult supervision.
- Summer weather conditions make grass and other vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire.
- Do not allow young children (age 5 and younger) to play with fireworks under any circumstances – even sparklers.
Don’t take any chances Duffy cautions,“Stay away from high powered illegal explosive devices such as M80’s or homemade device, while the 4th of July happens only once a year, these devices can cause a life altering injury that can last you a lifetime.”
Remember the three B’s of fireworks safety:
- Be Prepared
- Be Safe
- Be Responsible
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington State’s firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.