Fireworks laws and regulations for Tri-Cities in 2022
TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Each city has their own fireworks laws when it comes to the holiday seasons. The city’s fire departments and districts told us what their fireworks laws are for the Fourth of July.
The City of Pasco allows non-aerial fireworks.
“Buy them in Pasco, that’s what’s legal in Pasco,” said Ben Shearer, the Public Information Officer for the Pasco Fire Department. “If they go up in the air, if they spin off on their own, those are not legal,”
The City of Richland also allows the use of non-aerial fireworks.
“The basic idea in Richland is that the fireworks have to stay on the ground. We don’t allow any kind of aerial devices, anything that flies around or could go in crazy directions,” said Tom Huntington, the Fire Chief for the Richland Fire Department.
The City of West Richland is the only city which allows the sale and use of aerial fireworks.
“The City of West Richland does allow fireworks to be set off and purchased in the city. The county pockets that we cover, they do not allow fireworks to be sold or discharged,” said Paul Carlyle, the Fire Chief for the Benton County Fire District.
According to the West Richland’s City Codes, aerial fireworks must consist of ‘a tube not more than one-half-inch (12.5 mm) inside diameter and obtaining up to 20 grams of pyrotechnic composition.’
The City of Kennewick allows no sale or use of fireworks. This includes aerials all the way to sparklers.
“All fireworks are illegal in the City of Kennewick, and that’s been in place for a number of years now. So, for this year, there are no changes,” said Chad Michael, the Fire Chief for the Kennewick Fire Department.
The Kennewick City Council recently passed a new ordinance, and these regulations are changing next year.
The city will adapt similar regulations to those of Pasco and Richland, beginning in May 2023.
Michael said, “Next year, in 2023, some of the novelty fireworks will be legal here. So, I’m talking about things like maybe some fountains, and some things like that will be able to, not only be sold here in Kennewick, but, but people can actually use them next year.”
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According to the fire departments, if you buy fireworks in a city, you can light them off in that city.
“We go through an extensive process with the Fire Marshal’s office to make sure that everything in every single package at every firework stand meets the requirements,” said Huntington.
According to the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office, fireworks may be used on these dates and times:
June 28: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
June 29 to July 3: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
July 4: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
July 5: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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