Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where and when to light your fireworks

By Katya Yefimova
Herald writer
Fireworks entertain the crowd at Lynnwood's Fourth of July Celebration in 2009.

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Fireworks entertain the crowd at Lynnwood's Fourth of July Celebration in 2009.

With the Fourth of July approaching, public safety officials remind people in South Snohomish County to stay safe.
Rules for discharging fireworks differ from city to city.
Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds don't allow personal fireworks displays within city limits.
In Lynnwood, people can light fireworks from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said.
No fireworks are allowed on school property, however. The Edmonds School District plans to have staff patrolling school grounds to make sure they are fireworks-free, Sessions said.
In unincorporated Snohomish County, fireworks can be discharged July 4 between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., according to the county website.
Fireworks may be sold in unincorporated Snohomish County between noon on June 28 and noon on July 6.
“Each year there are hundreds of injuries from fireworks in Washington and nationally,” Sessions said. “This Fourth of July, be sure your family is prepared to have a safe and fun holiday.”
She offered the following tips for safely handling fireworks:
• Buy from local vendors to make sure you are purchasing legal fireworks. Fireworks that explode or shoot up like a rocket are not legal.
• Children should not light fireworks.
• Don't store fireworks in plastic bags, as static in the bags can ignite flash powder used in some fireworks.
• Carefully follow instructions on the labels.
• Stand several feet away from lit fireworks and have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher ready.
• Don't look into the tube if a firework doesn't launch correctly. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
• Keep your dogs and cats indoors.