The time to celebrate America’s independence with explosions is quickly approaching. Although some might view the Fourth of July as incomplete without sparks, a handful of cities in Snohomish County ban all kinds of fireworks.
Meanwhile, certain fireworks are illegal everywhere, all the time, except on tribal land: firecrackers, bottle rockets and skyrockets. Those illegal explosive devices cause 90 percent of all fireworks-related fires in Washington, according to the Snohomish County fire marshal.
Here are the regulations for municipalities, some of which permit other kinds of bright illumination for this week’s patriotic celebration:
Arlington: July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight.
Bothell: July 4, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Brier: July 4, 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Darrington: July 4, 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Gold Bar: Banned.
Granite Falls: July 4, 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Lake Stevens: July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight.
Lynnwood: July 4, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Marysville: July 4, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mill Creek: Banned.
Monroe: July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight.
Mountlake Terrace: Banned.
Stanwood: June 28 to July 5, between noon and 11 p.m.
Sultan: No restrictions other than state law.
Unincorporated Snohomish County: July 4, 9 a.m. to midnight.
If local governments don’t impose their own restrictions, Washington law limits the use of legal fireworks on these dates:
June 28: Between noon and 11 p.m.
June 29 through July 3: Between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
July 4: Between 9 a.m. and midnight*.
July 5: Between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Brenna Holland: 425-339-5350; firstname.lastname@example.org.