Consumer Fireworks Sales to Begin June 28

Sale of consumer fireworks begins June 28, 2020, at 12:00 pm and ends on July 5, 2020, at 9:00 pm. A number of cities and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks. Other counties have modified the type of fireworks that can be purchased. Always be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before purchasing or discharging fireworks.

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 633 retail fireworks stand licenses in 2020; this number is down from last year’s total of 698.

It is likely that many community fireworks displays will be not be held this year due to social distancing requirements. The SFMO encourages those who purchase fireworks this year to enjoy them safely and gather in compliance with public health guidelines within their individual counties.

The SFMO always recommends that you contact your local fire authority or law enforcement for current information on usage, bans, or restrictions.

Internet Purchase of Fireworks

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) wants residents to be aware of the facts about internet fireworks sales. Under the following conditions, presale of consumer fireworks may occur online:

• The fireworks may only be delivered to the consumer at a licensed and permitted fireworks stand during the legally authorized time periods.
• The fireworks for sale are legally allowed to be purchased in Washington and the sale, possession, and discharge is allowed in the jurisdiction where the sale is occurring.
• All advertisements for the sale of fireworks will contain the license number and expiration date of the licensee.
• The purchase or receipt of fireworks must be through a Washington licensed fireworks retailer or wholesaler.

Fireworks cannot be legally purchased over the internet and shipped to a private residence or picked up anywhere other than a license and permitted fireworks stand.

For more information about the sale and use of fireworks in your area contact your local fire authority or the SFMO at (360) 596-3929 or visit http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fireworks/.