Fireworks Sales, Discharge Period Begins Saturday

The sale and discharge period for consumer fireworks begins Saturday, June 28, 2019.  Unless a city (like Shelton) or county has enacted an ordinance to limit or prohibit the sale, purchase, possession, or use of consumer fireworks, the following chart details the dates and times consumer fireworks may be sold or discharged:

A state license is required along with a local permit to operate a fireworks stand in Washington.  The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) issued 698 retail fireworks stand licenses in 2019; this number is close to the previous year’s total of 700. 

And remember, the discharge of fireworks in the Shelton City Limits is illegal. Shelton Police Chief Darin Moody at a recent Shelton City Council meeting:

To report fireworks violations, call the non-emergency number for MACECOM: 360-426-4441.

For a general guide to areas with bans or restrictions, go to http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fireworks/, or call (360)596-3929.  The SFMO always recommends that you contact your local fire authority or law enforcement for current information on usage, bans, or restrictions in your area.

Fireworks Incident Data for 2018

In 2018, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) received 301 reports of fireworks-related incidents by hospitals, clinics, and fire agencies in Washington State.  Of the 301 reports received, there were 209 injuries and 92 fires.  Fireworks-related incidents most often occur on July 4th.

Breakdown of incidents:

  • 209 injuries reported; 10 percent lower than the 10 year average.
  • 92 fires reported due to fireworks use, resulting in a loss of $161,475.
  • 88 injuries were caused by holding the fireworks once lit.
  • 71 of the 92 fires were classified as wildland or vegetation.

Washingtonians can enjoy consumer fireworks in a safe and responsible way, if they follow a few simple tips.  When planning your fireworks fun, remember to:

  • Be Prepared – Buy only legal fireworks, have water nearby while lighting and keep pets indoors.
  • Be Safe – Only adults should light fireworks. Never light fireworks in your hand and never use them indoors. Always light one firework at a time.
  • Be Responsible – Clean up fireworks debris and soak used fireworks with water.  Keep matches and lighters away from children.

For more information about fireworks related information visit http://www.wsp.wa.gov/prevention-data-collection/, or call (360)596-3929.