Fireworks Information

The City of Bothell allows the discharge and sale of  fireworks under the following provisions:

8.37.100 Dates and times consumer fireworks may be sold or discharged.

A.    No consumer fireworks shall be sold, offered for sale, or exposed for sale within the city except from 12:00 noon until 11:00 p.m. on the first day of July, 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on the second and third days of July, and from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on the fourth day of July.

B.    No person shall ignite or discharge any fireworks anywhere within the city at any time except on July 4th of any year between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

C.    No person shall discharge without a permit any consumer fireworks upon any city or publicly owned parks.

D.    The prohibitions set out in subsections A and B of this section shall not apply in the following cases:

1.    Public displays as authorized by a state license and city permit pursuant to RCW 70.77.260(2);

2.    Use for religious purposes pursuant to RCW 70.77.311; and

3.    Agricultural and wildlife fireworks used by government agencies as authorized by RCW 70.77.311.

E.    Except as herein provided, it is unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, use, explode, fire, ignite, or discharge any fireworks in the city. (Ord. 1878 § 6, 2002; Ord. 1651 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1594 § 2, 1995; Ord. 1465 § 2, 1992; Ord. 1266 § 2, 1987; Ord. 1127 § 2, 1984).

8.37.110 Sales of consumer fireworks.

No person shall sell consumer fireworks to a consumer or user thereof other than at a fixed place of business of a retailer for which a license and permit have been issued. (Ord. 1878 § 7, 2002; Ord. 1127 § 2, 1984).

8.37.120 All sales to be from temporary stands.

All sales of consumer fireworks shall be from temporary stands, which shall not be erected prior to the twenty-fifth day of June of any year and which shall be removed not later than the sixth day of July of the same year. (Ord. 1878 § 8, 2002; Ord. 1266 § 3, 1987; Ord. 1127 § 2, 1984).

Recommend Fireworks Safety Tips:

The Bothell Fire Department urges citizens to attend one of the many professional public fireworks displays in the area.

If you are taking part in the legal discharge of consumer fireworks, please remember:

 - Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

 - A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.

 - Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.

 - Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

 - Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

 - Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

 - Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

 - Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

 - Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.

 - Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

 - Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible     materials until the next day.

Remember your pets too:

 - Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.   

 - If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.   

 - Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.   

 - Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.