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Fireworks Regulations

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Don't light that fuse! It's against the law.

The sale, purchase and discharge of consumer fireworks is prohibited within the City of Tumwater at all times of the year. Fireworks purchased or sold in other communities, may not be used in Tumwater.

This prohibition does not apply to public displays or to the sale, use, and discharge of small trick and novelty devices.

Tumwater Municipal Code

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. O2016-034, that prohibits fireworks, in accordance with an advisory vote by Tumwater residents in favor of a citywide ban. The fireworks ban went into effect on December 8, 2017, and is described in Tumwater Municipal Code 8.30, Fireworks.

Penalties for discharging fireworks

TMC 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.

Fireworks Definitions

“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.

Trick and Novelty devices

  • 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).)
  • Trick and novelty devices include snakes, glow worms, party poppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, and toy caps and are allowed.

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

Fireworks in Thurston County

The cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater ban fireworks. Yelm, Tenino, Rainier, and Bucoda do not have fireworks bans in place.

Unincorporated Thurston County limits permit discharge of fireworks to 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3rd and 4th only, and have adopted provisions to prohibit use when extreme fire danger conditions exist.