County fireworks rules apply for New Year’s Eve merrymaking

December 31, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

The regulations for fireworks vary in the Issaquah area, so residents should determine local rules before deciding to blast into 2011.

In Issaquah, the citywide fireworks ban remains in effect New Year’s Eve. Residents in rural and unincorporated King County can discharge fireworks from 6 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday.

Officials reminded residents to set off only approved and legal fireworks purchased from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal Division-licensed retailers. Remember to obey fireworks regulations and practice fireworks safety.

In King County, fireworks sales for New Year’s Eve celebrations remain legal from noon to 11 p.m. Friday. Patrons must be at least 16 years old and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

Usually, Issaquah Police Department officers issue a verbal warning for fireworks and confiscate fireworks for a first offense. If police catch revelers putting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.

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