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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. The use and sale of consumer fireworks are not allowed in unincorporated King County. 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 you 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. KING 5 News has put together a list of which counties allow fireworks in 2024.

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.
  • Do not try to re-light fireworks that don’t ignite.
  • 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 Washington State Patrol.

Proper fireworks disposal
Fireworks and explosives are not accepted at hazardous waste collection sites or recycling and transfer 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 instead or celebrate by dressing up and decorating your home.

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