Less than a week before Independence Day, fireworks are set to go on sale at noon on Friday.

Retailers are expecting a busy season with the colorful holiday falling on a Thursday and many people planning to start a four-day weekend.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy reports that the number of retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2013 is down two and a half percent, or 23 licenses, from 2012. A state license is required before a city or county can issue a permit to operate a fireworks stand in Washington.

It is illegal to sell or purchase fireworks online.

A number of city and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks. Be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before using them.

Read the full list of restrictions at the Washington State Patrol's website.

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