Firework rules and safety tips

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to wish everyone a happy Independence Day! I hope you have a fun and safe weekend with your loved ones as we celebrate America's 245th birthday.

Given the extremely dry conditions we’re seeing following this week’s heat wave, King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts is urging residents to avoid discharging fireworks this year in order to reduce fire risk across King County. Instead, I encourage you to consider attending a local firework show. I’ve included a list of Puget Sound area firework displays below!

Please also remember that most cities within District 9 have banned fireworks, with the exception of Black Diamond and Enumclaw. I include more information on firework laws below.

If you do plan on discharging fireworks, please use extreme caution:

  • With the recent extremely hot and dry weather, it's important that you soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding. Improperly discarded fireworks are known to start fires.
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
  • Never ignite devices in a container.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.

Keep in mind that a Stage 1 burn ban is still in effect for unincorporated King County.

Enjoy your 4th of July celebrations!

All my best,

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair
Metropolitan King County Council

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