Firework sales blast off this weekend | Community Spirit
The Fourth of July is just a week away, and firework sales begin this weekend!
Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to remind residents to know the local laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks, and to make sure you are only using legal fireworks. This year, 937 licenses were issued for retail firework stands.
A fireworks ban has been in place in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County for 21 years, as well as Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake.
Fireworks are legal on private property in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Deer Park.
Bottle rockets, missiles and firecrackers are illegal anywhere in Washington state.
In Coeur d'Alene, non-aerial fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubbs Hill or City Park.
If you do find yourself in an area where fireworks are allowed, there are some guidelines you to keep in mind to make sure your family has a safe and fun Fourth.
Check with your local fire or police department:
- Be sure the fireworks you purchase are legal to possess and discharge
- Know the dates and times fireworks are allowed in your community
- Only purchase legal consumer fireworks
Children should not be able to readily access fireworks in the home:
- Store fireworks in a secure location to prohibit access
- Purchase the day intended to use the fireworks
Use care in selecting the area where you will be discharging fireworks
- Follow the directions and warning listed on the firework
- No fireworks without adult supervision
- Summer weather conditions make grass and other vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire
- Do not allow children to play with fireworks under any circumstances
Remember the three B's of firework safety:
- Be Prepared – Have water nearby and put pets indoors
- Be Safe – Only adults should light fireworks
- Be Responsible – Clean up fireworks debris
You can find a list of all public firework displays in Washington here.