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Fireworks – Safety and Proper Disposal

A firework goes off in the night sky

If your summer kickoff festivities involve having a blast – a literal fireworks blast – please keep these tips in mind to protect people, property, and the environment!

Many cities in King County ban the use of consumer fireworks 

First, check to make sure your city or town allows the purchase and use of fireworks. In 2021, Executive Constantine signed a ban into law that prohibits the use and sale of consumer fireworks in unincorporated King County that went into effect in 2022. You can still enjoy fireworks by attending a public firework display in your area. Plus, there is likely to be family-friendly events and food trucks to enjoy at these public events before you kick back to watch a dazzling performance handled by the professionals.

Follow the rules

If live in an area that does not ban fireworks, please follow rules of the type of fireworks allowed and the timeframe to use them. Most local governments that allow the use of fireworks do not allow them to be set off after 11 p.m. or midnight. 

Handle fireworks safely

We don’t say this lightly – the harm caused by fireworks can be devastating. Please use fireworks properly to protect people and the environment! 

  • Use fireworks outside, never indoors.
  • Use eye protection like safety goggles.
  • Have a bucket of water nearby in case you need to use it to extinguish flames.
  • Never let children handle fireworks. 
  • Do not use fireworks while consuming drugs or alcohol.
  • Never hold lit fireworks in your hands.
  • Only use one firework at a time.
  • Maintain a safe distance after lighting a firework.
  • Do not try to re-light fireworks that don’t ignite.
  • Do not use illegal fireworks.
  • Don’t forget about pets. Keep them indoors while using fireworks and talk with your vet about ways to keep them calm. 

See more firework safety tips from the Department of Homeland Security.

Proper fireworks disposal

Fireworks and explosives are not accepted at hazardous waste collection sites or recycling and disposal stations in King County. Soak unused and used fireworks in a bucket of water for a few hours before disposing of them. Contact your local police department or sheriff's office for information on proper disposal.

Consider celebrating without fireworks

You can still have a blast without fireworks. Choose glowsticks or bubbles or celebrate by dressing up or decorating your home. Go all out with a red, white, and blue themed sustainable, low-waste picnic party - we have tips for that!

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