Fireworks banned in Southwest Snohomish County

A map showing where fireworks are banned, courtesy South County Fire.

As July 4th approaches, a reminder that fireworks use is banned year-round in southwest Snohomish County. This includes:

  • Unincorporated communities in southwest Snohomish County
  • City of Brier
  • City of Edmonds
  • City of Lynnwood
  • City of Mountlake Terrace
  • Town of Woodway.

Professional public fireworks shows are allowed in compliance with local regulations, requirements, and the proper permit. The closest local fireworks show will be the 3rd of July event over Lake Ballinger, sponsored by the City of Mountlake Terrace. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a DJ and food trucks. Fireworks will occur as darkness falls at approximately 10 p.m.

There is no fireworks show in Edmonds this year due to construction at Civic Field.

For complaints related to noise or illegal fireworks use with no threat to life or property, call the Snohomish County 911 non-emergency number at 425-407-3999.

When calling the non-emergency line, expect to be placed in a queue until a 911 dispatcher is available to answer your call. Dispatchers handle both 911 and non-emergency calls.

If you do choose to set off fireworks illegally in these areas, it could hit your pocketbook. In the City of Edmonds, the fine is $500 for a first-time offense. Those getting caught a second time — or more — within five years can be charged with a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.

The Edmonds Police Department said it plans to have an increased presence in the city starting July 1 to deter the use of consumer fireworks and enforce the ban.

In the City of Lynnwood, setting off fireworks illegally is a misdemeanor that could result in a potential fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail, although the city said it focuses primarily on education and voluntary compliance.

Discharging fireworks is also a misdemeanor in the City of Mountlake Terrace, but the city takes a case-by-case approach to enforcement in all misdemeanor cases.




  1. Banned? Is that why we hear it until the wee hours of the morning? Their favorite spot is the parking lot across the street from the Police Dept.!
    Just like the “noise ordinance” is enforced from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. who is in charge of enforcing these laws?

  2. Hah, banned maybe, but enforced? Never seen it. Our neighborhood is still a war zone on July 4th and December 31st. (And noisy after every Seahawks game, too…)

  3. If fireworks are illegal, can someone please explain why there is a stand selling fireworks on the corner of Cypress and 196th? I would also like to know why there seems to be so little police/sheriff response to illegal fireworks being set off in my area. What does it take to get an officer to actually show up and do something?

    1. As mentioned earlier, 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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