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Stay safe and legal with fireworks this holiday

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

The Fourth of July is all about freedom, but it’s not a free-for-all when it comes to fireworks. If you plan to buy and use fireworks, make sure you comply with local laws and follow common-sense safety guidelines.

Woodinville
The sale and discharge of fireworks is prohibited in Woodinville, said Sgt. D.B. Gates, media relations officer for the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Bothell
Bothell allows the sale and discharge of state-approved Class C fireworks, including ground and hand-held sparklers, small aerial mortars and smoke devices. Firecrackers, salutes, chasers, skyrockets and bottle rockets are not allowed. For more information and examples, see www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fwlicense.htm or call 1-888-295-8594.
Fireworks can be sold July 1 through July 4, and can be discharged only on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to the city’s website.

You must be at least 16 to purchase fireworks and at least 18 to discharge them in Bothell. Fireworks cannot be discharged at public parks.

Kenmore
Fireworks are prohibited year-round in Kenmore, Kenmore Police Chief Clifford Sether said, and using or selling them is a misdemeanor.

Kenmore has a zero-tolerance policy, which means that anyone caught selling, possessing or discharging fireworks will be arrested, Sether said.

Unincorporated King County
In King County outside the limits of a city, fireworks can be sold on June 28 from noon to 11 p.m., and on June 29 through July 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Gates said.

Fireworks can only be discharged on July 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

There is no age limit to buy or use fireworks, Gates said.

Safety
“Only buy safe and sane fireworks, always have adult supervision, have a bucket of water and a hose nearby,” Gates said.

Other safety tips from the City of Bothell and the Washington State Patrol include:
• Always read and follow label directions.
• Buy from reliable sellers.
• Only use fireworks outdoors.
• Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Light fireworks on a flat, hard, level surface.
• Never re-light a “dud” firework. Instead, wait 15-20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Never give fireworks to small children.
• Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water, then disposing of them in a trash can.
• Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• Don’t hold fireworks or lean over fireworks while discharging them. Do wear eye protection while discharging fireworks.

Public Fireworks Displays
If you’d rather not worry about fireworks laws and safety, you can see a public fireworks show.

Kenmore’s fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. on July 4 at Log Boom Park. Music and other activities begin at 8 p.m.
Kirkland’s fireworks display off Marina Park begins at 10:15 p.m. on July 4. Kirkland’s other Fourth of July festivities start at 11:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

To find other fireworks shows throughout the state, see this list at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/docs/fireworks/fireshow.pdf.

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