Leave fireworks to the professionals
South County Fire encourages residents and visitors to celebrate Independence Day safely and legally.
To celebrate the Fourth of July safely, we encourage you to enjoy a public fireworks display.
In unincorporated Snohomish County outside city limits, fireworks may be set off on July 4 only, between 9 a.m. and midnight. It is illegal to discharge fireworks any other day - including no fireworks on New Year's Eve anywhere in Snohomish County. Many cities have banned fireworks entirely.
At no time may you possess or discharge illegal fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, M-80s, dynamite, or homemade fireworks. Many fireworks sold on tribal land can only be legally set off on the reservation.
You are never allowed to use fireworks in or on:
- Public property, including schools, parking lots, streets or sidewalks
- Snohomish County parks
- State parks or land managed by the Department of Natural Resources
- Federal land, including U.S. Forest Service land
For public safety, most cities in Snohomish County ban fireworks completely, even on private property. Check out Snohomish County's 4th of July Fireworks Discharge Map
Fireworks stand permits
Fireworks may legally be sold in unincorporated Snohomish County between noon on June 28 and noon on July 6 of each year. A fireworks permit from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office is required to operate a fireworks stand.
Report illegal use
To report the illegal discharge of fireworks, call 425-775-3000 in Southwest Snohomish County (Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Mill Creek and Mukilteo areas) or 425-407-3999 for the rest of Snohomish County. Violations will result in confiscation of fireworks and fines.
Only call 911 if there is an immediate threat to life or property.
Safe disposal of fireworks
Contact your local police department or the Sheriff’s Office for assistance with the appropriate disposal of fireworks, flares, explosives, ammunition or weapons.
Dangers of fireworks
Each year, Snohomish County fire and law enforcement agencies receive more than 650 firework-related calls in July. Fires started by fireworks have caused more than $3.4 million in damage and have displaced 15 households in unincorporated south Snohomish County since 2005.
Injuries are also a concern. We typically see 3 to 5 serious injuries from fireworks each July. Most patients are males in their teens or early 20s with hand or eye injuries.
Illegal fireworks are responsible for the bulk of injuries, but legal fireworks can cause serious injuries too. Sparklers can heat up to more than 1,200 degrees, posing a serious danger in a child’s hand.
Fire District 1 supports fireworks bans
Leaders in Fire District 1, now served by South County Fire, have long supported a countywide fireworks ban. In 2017, the Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution opposing the sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated area and requesting that the Snohomish County Council to enact a ban on all but professional fireworks displays.
Snohomish County Council has granted the Snohomish County Fire Marshal the authority to ban fireworks during periods of extreme fire danger. The County Council also approved legislation allowing neighborhoods to petition to become a no-fireworks zone.