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Purchase, Sale and Use of Fireworks is Prohibited

Fireworks Ban

Tumwater City Council adopted Ordinance No. O2016-034 to prohibit the sale and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times of the year. The fireworks ban went into effect on December 8, 2017, and is described in Tumwater Municipal Code 8.30, Fireworks.

The Tumwater fireworks ban is similar to the ban previously approved by Olympia and Lacey voters. This means that fireworks may not be sold or discharged in the tri-city area of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater.

Fireworks purchased or sold in other communities, may not be used in Tumwater.

The fireworks ban does not apply to public displays or to the sale, use and discharge of small trick and novelty device, such as snakes, glowworms, and party poppers are permitted. Sparklers and all other types of "safe and sane" fireworks are prohibited. 


Leave the fireworks to the professionals! 

Enjoy one of these tri-city area festivals and public fireworks displays:

Tumwater Artesian Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show: July 4
Tumwater Valley Golf Course
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. | Fireworks start around 10:00 p.m.

Lacey Fireworks Spectacular & Freedom Concert: July 3
Rainier Vista Community Park
Fireworks start around 10:00 p.m.

Olympia Lakefair Grand Finale Fireworks: July 15
Capitol Lake Heritage Park, Downtown Olympia
Fireworks start around 10:00 p.m.


Fireworks Ban:  Frequently Asked Questions

What are “consumer” fireworks?
Consumer fireworks means any small firework device designed to produce visible effects by combustion and including some small devices designed to produce audible effects, such as whistling devices, ground devices and aerial devices containing explosive materials.

Does the ban prohibit sparklers?
Yes, sparklers are classified as consumer fireworks according WAC 212-17-025(10). Also see WAC 212-17-025(1)(a).

Are there some small fireworks that are still allowed?
Yes, Trick and novelty devices such as snakes, glow worms, party poppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, and toy caps are allowed.

Trick and novelty devices are any small fireworks devices that are not regulated as explosives and are not classified as consumer or display fireworks by the United States Department of Transportation (outlined in WAC 212-17-025(10)). Examples include

Sparklers are not considered trick or novelty devices; they are classified as “consumer fireworks.”

What other communities in Thurston County currently have fireworks bans in place?
The cities of Lacey and Olympia ban fireworks.  Yelm, Tenino, Rainier, and Bucoda do not have bans in place. Unincorporated Thurston County limits discharge of fireworks to 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3th and 4th only and has adopted provisions to prohibit use when extreme fire danger conditions exist.

Does the ban apply to only the discharge of fireworks?
The ban prohibits the sale and discharge of fireworks within the city limits of Tumwater.

What are the penalties for discharging fireworks?
Tumwater Municipal Code 8.30.080, describes the penalties for fireworks violations. It is an infraction to discharge consumer fireworks; provided however, if such discharge causes injury to another person or damage to property, it is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and/or up to 364 days in jail.

Does the ban apply to public fireworks displays, like the 4th of July show at the golf course?
No, licensed public displays are still allowed.

2016 Council Adoption of Ordinance to Prohibit Fireworks

At their regular meeting on December 6, 2016, the Tumwater City Council adopted Ordinance No. O2016-034, prohibiting the sale, possession, and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times within the Tumwater City limits. In accordance with State law, the effective date of the ordinance will be one year after its passage and publication.

This action followed an advisory vote of the citizens of Tumwater on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot in support of prohibiting the sale and discharge of fireworks within the City of Tumwater at all times of the year with the exception of public displays and the sale, use and discharge of small trick and novelty devices. 

View election results for Advisory Proposition No. 1 on the Thurston County Auditor's Office website. 

2016 Council Adoption of Ordinance to Prohibit Fireworks

At their regular meeting on December 6, 2016, the Tumwater City Council adopted Ordinance No. O2016-034, prohibiting the sale, possession, and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times within the Tumwater City limits. In accordance with State law, the effective date of the ordinance will be one year after its passage and publication.

This action followed an advisory vote of the citizens of Tumwater on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot in support of prohibiting the sale and discharge of fireworks within the City of Tumwater at all times of the year with the exception of public displays and the sale, use and discharge of small trick and novelty devices. 

View election results for Advisory Proposition No. 1 on the Thurston County Auditor's Office website.