With the Fourth of July fast approaching, it pays to be aware of the fireworks
laws in your area. While the Snohomish County Fire District 1 commissioners
are pushing for a countywide ban of all private fireworks sales and use
next year, some cities in Snohomish County already have fireworks bans
in place. For example, Edmonds (EMC 5.27.020), Everett (EMC 16.60.090),
Mill Creek (MCMC 5.12.100), and Mountlake Terrace (MTMC 9.70.020) all
have fireworks bans. Other cities, like Lynnwood, allow limited use of
private fireworks. You can find a comprehensive list by county on the
State Fire Marshal website.
Even if you live in an area that allows fireworks, you need to be aware
of the restrictions on use. For example, in Lynnwood, you can only discharge
your fireworks between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4th (LMC 9.12.130).
A violation of this local law is a misdemeanor offense (LMC 9.12.150)
meaning you could face up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine if convicted.
There are also statewide restrictions on the use of fireworks. For example,
if you are accused of using fireworks in a reckless manner that creates
a risk of serious physical injury or property damage you could be facing
a gross misdemeanor unlawful discharge or use of fireworks charge (RCW
70.77.488). This means you could be facing up to 364 days in jail and
a $5000 fine if convicted. Additionally, if you are found to be in possession
of illegal fireworks, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or gross
misdemeanor depending on the amount possessed.
So, when planning for your fun and safe Fourth of July celebration, remember
to keep the regulations in mind. If you find yourself facing illegal fireworks
charges in Lynnwood, or elsewhere in Snohomish County, Washington, it
is important to speak with an experienced unlawful fireworks defense attorney
as soon as possible. I have over a decade of experience defending unlawful
fireworks charges. Put my experience to work for you by calling the
Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear for your free consultation today.