The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Snohomish County Fire Marshal and Snohomish County Fire District 1 have issued a reminder about safely and legally using fireworks on the 4th of July:
They point out that 911 calls increase dramatically during July 4th and the likelihood of personal injury and property damage also increase. One example of serious property damage that they point to is a 4’X 5’hole to a neighbor’s house that was made by a marine flare during last year’s July 4th celebration:
As we soon celebrate the 4th of July, people often are confused about when they can legally discharge fireworks. In unincorporated Snohomish County, fireworks can only be discharged between 9am and 11:59pm on July 4. Many cities within Snohomish County set their own time regulations while others ban the use of fireworks. The following maps show where you can and cannot discharge fireworks in the county:
South Snohomish County-
North Snohomish County-
East Snohomish County-
The Fire Marshal's Office recommends that you take the following measures to ensure that you have a safe time if you use fireworks:
• In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
• Have a bucket of water for emergencies and to douse used fireworks.
• Never build or experiment with homemade fireworks.
• Always use legal fireworks- http://www.co.snohomish.wa.us/documents/Departments/PDS/Fire_Marshall/IllegalExplosiveDevices.pdf.
• Never let children handle or light fireworks. Even sparklers can be dangerous if unsupervised.
• Never ignite fireworks while holding them. Light one at a time, and move away quickly.
• Make sure you give yourself enough room in a safe location – away from buildings, vehicles and flammable materials.
• Never light fireworks inside a structure.
• Watch what you wear. Loose clothing can catch fire and should not be worn while handling fireworks.
• Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Soak them in water, then throw them away.
• Never ignite fireworks when you are under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or mind-altering narcotics.
• Never aim fireworks at vehicles.
For more information on the safe use of fireworks go to:
The following brochure talks about some basic dos and don’ts. Please pass it around to your neighbors: