Firework sales begin next week

WASHINGTON - Consumer fireworks sales across the state will begin at noon on Wednesday, June 28, and continue until 9:00 pm on July 5th.

State Fire Marshal Charles P. LeBlanc is reminding residents to “know the laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks,” and “only purchase legal fireworks.”

This year 867 retail fireworks stand licenses were issued.

The Fire Marshal's Office has said, “With sales just a few days away, it is good to remind everyone that personal fireworks require personal responsibility.”

Here are their tips to staying safe in the upcoming weeks:

  • 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 firework
  • 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 discharge of 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

The Fire Marshal's Office would also like to remind us all that if you are ever in doubt, just remember the three B's of fireworks safety:

  • Be prepared
  • Be Safe
  • Be Responsible