Are your fireworks legal? Can you light them there?


Posted on July 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 1:18 PM

SPOKANE-- For the 20th straight year, you still can't light off fireworks in Spokane County. That includes Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, and Liberty Lake.

Fireworks are legal in Airway Heights on private property.

In Coeur d’Alene non-areal fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubs Hill or City Park.

Bottle rockets, missiles and fire crackers are illegal in every part of Washington State with the exception of some tribal land where fireworks may be allowed in designated areas.

Fines begin at $513 for individuals lighting any type of firework in the City of Spokane. Fines in Spokane County begin at $1,000.

Fireworks cannot be lit on any forested land or in any park area. In addition to fines and court costs, persons who start fires with fireworks are liable for restitution of damaged property and recovery of Fire Department (or Department of Natural Resources) response costs. . To report violations of the fireworks ban, call CRIME CHECK at 456-2233.

For more information about fireworks safety, public fireworks displays and the fireworks laws for your area, check the Celebrate Safely website by clicking here.

Last year, City of Spokane Fire responded to 5 fireworks-caused fires and local hospitals treated 5 persons for injuries that occurred outside of Spokane County.

In Washington State all legal fireworks packed for sale have to meet several requirements.

According to the office of the state fire marshal all legal consumer fireworks sold in Washington must have a label that contain either the words "warning" or "caution".

The labels must also warn you of the hazards and contain instructions how to use the item.

The name of the country or manufacturer should be on the packaging and the label has to be printed in English.
State fire officials say legal fireworks must also have bright, colorful paper packaging.