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Like it or not, fireworks are now being sold

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm.
Fireworks sales begin

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm. The sale of fireworks is banned in Mill Creek. A full list of Washington Counties and Cities which ban or restrict firework sales can be found on the Washington State Patrol website.

State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy reminds Washingtonians that the purchase of fireworks over the internet is illegal, “In Washington State, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.  Orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the internet or posted on websites such as Craig’s List.  Residents should talk with family members and guests about the fireworks laws for their area.”

“There were 476 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported to the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2011 by fire departments and hospitals.  Of the 476 reports received, there were 264 fires and 212 injuries.  The majority of these incidents occur on July 4th.  Most incidents were caused by males between 15 and 21 years of age.”

Most cities in Snohomish and King counties have restricted or banned the discharge of fireworks. The following list shows when fireworks can be set off locally:

  • Unincorporated King and Snohomish Counties - July 4th, 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Bothell - July 4th, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Edmonds – banned.
  • Everett – banned.
  • Lake Stevens - July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)
  • Lynnwood - July 4th, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Marysville - July 4th, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Mill Creek – banned.
  • Monroe - July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)
  • Stanwood - June 28th to July 5th, 12 p.m. (noon) to 11 p.m.
  • Woodway – banned.

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