FIREWORKS SAFETY

AND REGULATIONS

Leave fireworks to the professionals

Snohomish County Fire District 1 encourages residents and visitors to celebrate Independence Day safely and legally.

Many Snohomish County cities have banned fireworks completely to protect people from injuries, prevent fires, and be kind to pets. To celebrate the 4th of July safely, we encourage you to enjoy a public fireworks display.

Fireworks restrictions

In unincorporated Snohomish County outside city limits, fireworks may be set off on July 4 only between 9 a.m. and midnight. It is illegal to discharge fireworks on New Year's Eve anywhere in Snohomish County.

At no time may you possess or discharge illegal fireworks such as firecrackers, rockets, M-80s, dynamite, or homemade fireworks.

You are never allowed to use fireworks in or on:

  • Public property, including schools, parking lots, streets or sidewalks
  • Snohomish County parks
  • State parks or land managed by the Department of Natural Resources
  • Federal land, including U.S. Forest Service land    

For public safety, most cities in Snohomish County ban fireworks completely, even on private property.

Report illegal use

To report the illegal discharge of fireworks, call 425-775-3000 in Southwest Snohomish County (Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Mill Creek and Mukilteo areas) or 425-407-3999 for the rest of Snohomish County. Violations will result in confiscation of fireworks and fines.

Only call 911 if there is an immediate threat to life or property.

Fireworks stand permits

Fireworks may legally be sold in unincorporated Snohomish County between noon on June 28 and noon on July 6 of each year. A fireworks permit from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office is required to operate a fireworks stand.

Safe disposal of fireworks

Contact your local police department or the Sheriff’s Office for assistance with the appropriate disposal of fireworks, flares, explosives, ammunition or weapons.

Dangers of fireworks

Each year, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Fire District 1, and the county Fire Marshal's Office receive more than 650 firework-related calls in July. Fires started by fireworks have caused more than $3.25 million in damage and have displaced 15 households in Fire District 1 since 2005.

Injuries are also a concern. We typically see 3 to 5 serious injuries from fireworks each July. Most patients are males in their teens or early 20s with hand or eye injuries.

Illegal fireworks are responsible for the bulk of injuries, but legal fireworks can cause serious injuries too. Sparklers can heat up to more than 1,200 degrees, posing a serious danger in a child’s hand.

Fire District 1 supports fireworks bans

In 2016, the Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution opposing the sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated area and requesting that the Snohomish County Council to enact a ban on all but professional fireworks displays. 

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Snohomish County Council has granted the Snohomish County Fire Marshal the authority to ban fireworks during periods of extreme fire danger.