State: Licenses decline for retail fireworks stands

June 11, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. June 11, 2012

Independence Day could feature less bang and boom in Washington.

The state fire marshal said the number of retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2012 is down 4.2 percent, or by 39 licenses, from last year. Before a city or county can issue a permit to operate a retail fireworks stand, a state license is required.

Counties issue the licenses. The number of licenses issued in King County dropped by five from 2011 to 2012. Snohomish County experienced the largest drop, at seven.

Sales of consumer fireworks start at noon June 28 and end at 11 p.m. July 5.

In Issaquah, discharging fireworks is banned on Independence Day and the rest of the year. Usually, Issaquah Police Department officers issue a verbal warning for fireworks and confiscate them for a first offense. If police catch revelers putting off fireworks again, a citation is issued.

Residents in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie and Mirrormont, face looser rules, but some restrictions apply.

People must be at least 16 and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

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