SEATTLE – The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office likes the news from their recent report showing a decrease in the number of fireworks-related incidents in 2013.
Last year King County had the most fires or injuries due to fireworks at 99 incidents, while Snohomish County followed them with 53.
There were 341 fireworks-related injuries and/or fires reported in 2013 by law enforcement agencies and hospital emergency rooms. In 2012 there were 354 incidents reported.
Mike Luke operates a fireworks stand in unincorporated Snohomish County. According to state law he has been able to be open since last Saturday the 28th. State law in Washington allows the sale of fireworks until the 5th of July at 9 p.m. Every city and county has the opportunity to restrict or ban fireworks if they choose.
“There are rules and laws that we have statewide and there are also county laws that we have to conform to as well,” Luke said.
For the past seven years Luke has run his stand and he takes great pride in making sure all of his customers know how to operate the fireworks before they leave.
“Follow the directions and follow the safety tips,” Luke said. “We do this one time a year so it's important to do it right.”
To see a list of fireworks restrictions broken down by city and county, see the document below or CLICK HERE.