Internet fireworks sales remain illegal in Washington
June 12, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2012
In Washington, buying fireworks is not as simple as point, click, boom.
Internet sales of fireworks remain illegal, state fire officials reminded the public Monday. Fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.
Sales of consumer fireworks start at noon June 28 and end at 11 p.m. July 5. People must be at least 16 and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.
Under state law, orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the Internet or posted on websites, such as craigslist.
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.
The state fire marshal reminded Independence Day revelers to remember the three B’s of fireworks safety:
- Be prepared – Have water nearby and put pets indoors.
- Be safe – Only adults should light fireworks.
- Be responsible – Clean up fireworks debris.