State Patrol K-9 units to sniff out illegal fireworks this week

The Washington State Patrol reminds those riding on Washington State Ferries that an important part of the overall security for the ferry system is the use of patrol explosive detection canine teams. These dogs are trained to sniff out explosives, which includes legal and illegal fireworks, the patrol adds, so ferry customers in vehicles carrying fireworks should anticipate the dogs detecting the fireworks. The bottom line: Store your fireworks where they are easily accessible for WSP personnel to examine.

“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.

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

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