Aberdeen officials offer fireworks rules reminder

With July 4 festivities approaching, the Aberdeen Fire Department is reminding citizens that Aberdeen’s fireworks regulations are more restrictive than general state regulations.

City of Aberdeen

The sale of fireworks is allowed starting on July 1 at 9 a.m., and ends at 11 p.m. on July 4. Discharging fireworks is allowed only on July 4 from 9 a.m. until midnight.

Lawful fireworks are defined as class C common fireworks and labeled U.N. 0336 1.4G.

It is also unlawful to set off fireworks in a public place, which includes parks, sidewalks, streets and other pedestrian and automobile byways. It is unlawful to sell fireworks using internet sale sites.

On tribal land, it is legal to possess and use firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and rockets. But these items are illegal in Washington State and become illegal when possessed off tribal lands.

M-80s and larger, dynamite and any improvised, homemade or altered explosive devices such as tennis balls or cherry bombs are illegal, Assistant Chief Rich Malizia wrote in a press release.

For more information, visit the Washington State Fire Protection Bureau website at www.wa.gov/wsp or the Aberdeen Fire Department at 360-532-1254.

Hoquiam restrictions

In Hoquiam, fireworks sales are allowed starting on June 28, up until July 4 at midnight. The time of discharge is allowed on July 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. until midnight.

Hoquiam Fire Chief Paul Dean said Hoquiam doesn’t have formal restrictions on setting off fireworks in public places, but that the department “just asks everyone to be good neighbors and clean up after themselves.”