Fireworks allowed in unincorporated areas, but there are rules

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The uncolored areas of this map allow fireworks on the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Dark pink areas do not allow fireworks ever. Light pink areas, like Brier and Bothell, allow fireworks with some restrictions. (Image courtesy the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

Fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Mill Creek and other local jurisdictions. However, fireworks are still allowed in unincorporated areas of the county.

There are some restrictions, however. Fireworks in unincorporated Snohomish County can only be fired between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the Fourth of July only. Fireworks are not allowed on any other day.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says neighbors should call 425-407-3999 to report any illegal fireworks, unless there is an immediate threat to a person or property, in which case neighbors should call 9-1-1.

Below is a list of things that are never allowed, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office:

  • Discharge fireworks within the city limits of Edmonds, Everett, Gold Bar, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Woodway.
  • Discharge fireworks in any Washington State Park or Snohomish County Park
  • Discharge fireworks on federal land, including those managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service
  • Discharge fireworks on public property, public streets, sidewalks, parking lots, or school property
  • Discharge fireworks on private property without permission and to discharge fireworks from private property onto public property
  • Discharge fireworks before or after the Fourth of July. Fireworks are always illegal in unincorporated Snohomish County before and after the Fourth of July.
  • Possess or discharge illegal fireworks. Firecrackers, rockets, rockets, M-80s, dynamite and all homemade fireworks are all illegal.
  1. i live in the city limits and there fireworks going off now 4th of july is stupid, we live in one of the most violent countrys on earth and people want to run around wave flags and tell everybody how great we are really … its just plain dumb not only the violents but all the people living in tents and on the streets pathetic . the only good thing about july 4th was its was my dogs birthday and we went to the beach as far as fireworks and flag waving not happening with me as long as people are getting killed by tens and 20 to 50 this last time and nothing is happening im not waving a flag

  2. Thank you for this article. I have used my three minutes of public comment before the Snohomish County Council three times this year. I have challenged them each time to enforce the current laws as mentioned in your article. And I quoted about illegal discharging of legal fireworks from the streets and sidewalks. I even mentioned something about the “pink elephant in the room” and it’s politics. I even asked them to check with the Sheriff and see how the Council could help them. In a private meeting with Councilmenber Hans Dunshee and his Legislative Aide, CM Dunshee raved about a video of “legal” fireworks discharged from an illegally blocked street. In my opinion the Council is ignoring enforcement. They appear, and I believe are genuinely concerned, but in my opinion are not willing to make the Sheriff enforce the current laws. I believe that the special powers for the Fire Marshal was a good step, but mostly self preservation, the Partial Ban creating No Fireworks Zones, does nothing about our current situation. I believe, Hans said something like (it would give freedom to my neighbors if enough of them voted to create a Fireworks Shooting Zone). The Sheriff’s Office has repeatedly told me that they will not respond. The Council knows this, and apparently they don’t want to go any further Without the publics approval. They are all bright, intelligent people. I have stayed one watched how they deal other issues. They appear to be very cautious on this politically charged issue. Once again, the message of the lack enforcement of our current laws is lost in Politics. Where are my rights?

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