SEATTLE -- Many fireworks stands open for business Tuesday, but there are many places where lighting them off is illegal in Washington state.
The rules change as you move from city to city. In Seattle you cannot sell, have or use fireworks. If you do, it could mean a hefty fine or jail time. CLICK HERE for a list showing where fireworks are allowed.
The Mercer Island Kiwanis Club is ready to sell fireworks. Tuesday morning club members were putting the finishing touches on their stand in the 3000 block of 78th Southeast on Mercer Island. For the last 37 years, every Fourth of July they have sold fireworks to raise money for a number of charities, including the Boys and Girls Club.
Jim Baker is with the Kiwanis Club, and he said his sales motto is safe and sane fireworks. He also has educated himself on the different laws since fireworks rules often change from city to city.
"It is a fine line to draw, but the city of Mercer Island has been very careful over the years. They have been very conscious of who buys them and where they set them off. You can not set them off until the Fourth of July on the Island," said Baker.
The Washington Fire Marshal's Office reports that 2010 saw more than 160 fireworks related injuries and more than 400 fires caused by fireworks. These incidents resulted in $2.1 million in property loss.