Each year fire and police officials respond to hundreds of fireworks related calls across the county. “Celebrate Safely” is the Fourth of July message from the City of Snohomish, Snohomish County Fire District #4, and the Snohomish Police Department.
Legal Fireworks Sales
Consumer retail fireworks may only be sold in City limits from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-4 from stands that have obtained a City of Snohomish fireworks permit. The application period to obtain a permit is April 10 – May 10. Permits will be issued not later than June 10. Fireworks permit procedures and requirements can be found in Snohomish Municipal Code 5.54.030.
While all applications to sell fireworks must be submitted by May 10, due to the uncertainty created by the covid-19 outbreak staff will hold off reviewing applications until June 1. Applicants who decide to not sell fireworks in 2020, for whatever reason, who withdraw their applications on or before June 1, will have their full application fee refunded.
Legal consumer fireworks include fountains, sparklers, parachutes, spinners and wheels, and smoke devices. Many fireworks sold at nearby tribal reservations are only legal on tribal land. Illegal fireworks include bottlerockets, firecrackers, missiles, and M-80s.
When Can You Set-Off Fireworks?
Fireworks may be legally set off within city limits between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Fireworks cannot be set off after 10 p.m. or on any other day within the City of Snohomish. Violation of the city rules regarding legal fireworks and discharge hours may result in a $500 fine and loss of your fireworks.
In unincorporated Snohomish County, fireworks discharge is also limited to July 4 only.
Where are Fireworks Prohibited?
It is never legal to discharge fireworks:
- On public property, public streets, sidewalks, parking lots, or school property.
- In any Washington State Park or Snohomish County Park
- On federal land, including those managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.
- On private property without permission, or to discharge fireworks from private property onto public property
- In the cities of Edmonds, Everett, Gold Bar, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, and Woodway.
Even legal fireworks can be dangerous. You can protect children and yourself fireworks injuries by following these tips:
- Set family boundaries - only adults should light fireworks. Supervision is paramount in keeping children safe.
- Fireworks should be stored in a secure location, not readily available to tempt the curiosity of children
- Use care in selecting the area where you will be discharging fireworks. Summer weather conditions make grasses and other vegetation dry and vulnerable to fire.