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How To Tell if Your Fireworks are Illegal

Fireworks in Backyard

It’s about time for fireworks to ignite the air, and already we’ve heard some instances of illegal fireworks in the area. And by illegal, we mean fireworks not purchased an a legal firework stand or “homemade” fireworks. Here’s what to look out for.

Some of the obvious ones are that they’re not in super-colorful wrapping and do not come with safety instructions on the packaging. Some are even wrapped in brown packing paper that’s been taped up. Don’t trust it!

Also some fireworks in question are often bought through Craigslist or mail-ordered online and not through a licensed Washington state fireworks stand.

M80s are also illegal. Don’t buy them or even think about igniting them.

If you know where these are being sold, the Deputy State Fire Marshal asks you report them to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or the local police.

From the Fire Marshal:

Always remember to use 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

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