Fireworks are 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 Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, 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 with regards to fireworks, 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 don’t understand how a fireworks stand is selling fireworks right in the middle of an area that is clearly shown in the map-link above as an area designated “Fireworks Discharge Illegal Year Round”. This certainly sends the wrong message to people.

  2. Forgot to include said firework stand location – 1832-1734 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

    1. South County Fire addresses this on their website:

      “Cities in our service area ban the sale AND the use of fireworks.

      It’s a different story in the unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County where a county ordinance bans fireworks use (19-037), but still allows sales June 28-July 5 of each year.

      Banning fireworks sales in any unincorporated area in Snohomish County would require action by the Snohomish County Council. The County Council can be contacted by email or by calling 425-388-3494.”

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