Planning holiday ferry travel? Expect K-9 patrols for illegal fireworks


    Washington State Patrol K-9 units will be working ferry lines over the holiday weekend. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol)

    If your Fourth of July travels include a Washington State ferry, make sure your fireworks pass the sniff test.

    An important part of the overall security for the ferry system is the use of Washington State Patrol (WSP) explosive detection canine teams, the ferry system reports. These dogs are trained to sniff out explosives, which includes legal and illegal fireworks. “Ferry customers in vehicles carrying fireworks should anticipate the dogs detecting the fireworks and store the fireworks where they are easily accessible for WSP personnel to examine,” a state ferry news release warns.

    “Ferry customers are expected to obey laws regarding legal fireworks in Washington state,” says Homeland Security Division Commander Captain Mark Thomas. “Legal fireworks include sparklers, ground spinners and roman candles. Illegal fireworks or other explosive devices are not allowed on ferries and will be confiscated and disposed of by the Washington State Patrol.” Those possessing illegal fireworks will be subject to criminal prosecution.

    You can view the Washington State Patrol Fire Marshal’s fireworks education campaign kit at and the enforcement campaign kit at

    The State Fire Marshal’s office maintains an up-to-date list of legal and illegal fireworks at Fireworks can be legally sold in Washington from June 28-July 5.

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