Here’s a reminder of which types of fireworks are illegal in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Fourth of July is quickly approaching, which means barbeques, spending the day at the lake and fireworks.

With that in mind, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to make sure you know that not all fireworks are legal in the state of Washington.

State licensed retail fireworks stands are required to get permission by the local city or county. 

It is illegal to sell, own and/or set off firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky rockets and missiles. However, they are legal federally and can be sold and set off on some designated tribal lands.

High-powered devices such as M-80s, M-100s, altered fireworks and homemade devices are prohibited on the state and federal levels.

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office says to never buy fireworks with the following conditions:

  • They are not being sold at a licensed and permitted stand.
  • The fireworks are missing safety warnings, instructions, or a description of the effects.
  • The item appears to be wrapped in solid color paper with no markings.
  • It looks homemade, is wrapped in electrical tape, or the contents are exposed.
  • It appears to have an abnormal fuse.

The Fire Marshal’s Office says to contact your local law enforcement agency in your area or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives if you see fireworks that you think may be illegal or make you feel unsafe.

More information can be found on the Washington State Patrol website. You can also call (360) 596-3929 with any questions you have.