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Fireworks cheat sheet: Are they legal?

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 2, 2012 at 9:43 am with No Comments »
July 2, 2012 9:43 am

In advance of the Fourth of July, the Office of the State Fire Marshal has released a checklist for how to tell the difference between illegal and legal fireworks.

The highlights include:

Top signs that your fireworks may be illegal:

  1. They weren’t purchased from a licensed fireworks stand.
  2. They aren’t packaged in bright colors and have safety warnings on the packaging.
  3. The packaging doesn’t indicate the country of manufacture.
  4. It’s not wrapped in bright colorful paper, typically wrapped with plain brown paper.
  5. It’s a solid red, silver or brown in color.
  6. It resembles a roll of coins with a fuse coming out the side.
  7. If it looks homemade, i.e., wrapped in electrical tape or fuse isn’t taped down.
  8. The person selling you the fireworks tells you they bought it in another state because of Washington fireworks laws.


Personal fireworks are not allowed in Tacoma, among other cities, and some areas have made their fireworks laws tougher in recent years.


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