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Fire Marshal Reminder: Purchase of Fireworks on Internet Is Illegal

Fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period

Today is the first day of summer, which means it's time to discuss fireworks.

State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy wants to remind Washingtonians that the purchase of fireworks over the Internet is illegal.

Although individual use of fireworks have been banned in Edmonds since 1993, they are allowed in surrounding areas of unincorporated Snohomish County, which includes Esperance, from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on July 4 only.

In Washington, 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 Web sites such as Craigslist.

Duffy says to remember the three B’s of fireworks safety:

  • Be prepared—Have water nearby and put pets indoors
  • Be safe—Only adults should light fireworks
  • Be responsible—Clean up fireworks debris

To learn more about fireworks ordinances in your city or county, check the fireworks safety Web site.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a bureau of the Washington State Patrol that provides fire- and life-safety services to the citizens of Washington State.

Mike Luke June 25, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Thanks for the recent related stories mentioning Esperance regarding the crime map and fireworks in the Edmonds area. Sometimes it gets overlooked that we are unincorporated and not in the city limits. Mike Luke-owner Mike's Deli Mart and Mike's Fireworks http://www.edmondsfireworks.com/index.html
Brian Soergel June 25, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Mike: No problem. We love Esperance!

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