Wondering if your fireworks are legal?
The Washington State Fire Marshal doesn't want you to take any chances and encourages buying only from licensed fireworks stands.
"Stay away from high-powered, illegal explosive devices such as M80s or homemade devices," Washington State Fire Marshal Charles LeBlanc said. "While the 4th of July only happens once a year, these devices can cause a life-altering injury that can last you a lifetime."
LeBlanc said to remember the three Bs for firework safety: be prepared, be safe, and be responsible.
Here are 10 signs from the State Fire Marshal's Office that fireworks may be illegal:
- They were not purchased from a Washington State licensed fireworks stand
- They were purchased through an online vendor, mail order, or a listing on OfferUp
- The person selling you the fireworks tells you they were bought in another state
- They are not packaged in brightly colored paper
- They do not have any safety warnings or instructions on the packaging
- The packaging does not indicate the country of manufacture
- It resembles a roll of coins with a fuse coming out the side
- It is wrapped with plain brown paper
- It is solid red, silver or brown in color
- It looks homemade:
- Wrapped in electrical tape
- Fuse isn't taped down