How to have fun and be safe (and legal!) with fireworks:
Each year NWFR Firefighters and EMTs respond to calls involving fireworks, whether it be a fire that was started or an injury and our partners at the Island County Sherriff's Office are inundated with calls about fireworks noise. While generally the fire and injury types of calls are few and far between, we believe that the best approach to serving you while you celebrate the 4th of July or New Year's Eve is to provide you with information about what fireworks are legal and safe to use in Island County and when appropriate times to use your fireworks are.
Fireworks Safety is the key to having safe and enjoyable holiday fun, please be sure to purchase only legal fireworks for use in the state. The best way to do this is to purchase your fireworks from a vendor local to the city of Oak Harbor.
Fireworks sold on the Swinomish Reservation or other Tribal Lands are not considered legal to discharge on property other than the tribal land.
These fireworks often times are comprised of components that have been identified by the Washington State Fire Marshall to contribute to spread of fire and greater risk of injury.
Also, remember that modifying or tampering with any fireworks is extremely hazardous and can result in injury or fire.
For more information on being able to tell the difference between legal and illegal fireworks, please see the WSP's Firework Safety Flyer.
Currently, Island County observes the State of Washington's regulations on the sale and use of fireworks. As of June of 2014, RCW 70.77.395 reads that consumer fireworks may be sold and purchased from:
June 28th: Noon - 11PM
June 29th - July 4th: 9AM - Midnight
July 5th: 9AM - 9PM
December 27th - December 31st: Noon - 11PM
The legal times for use (discharge) of consumer fireworks as per RCW 70.77.395 are:
June 28th: Noon - 11PM
June 29th - July 3rd: 9AM - 11PM
July 4th: 9AM - Midnight
July 5th: 9AM - 11PM
December 31st/January 1st: 6PM - 1AM
Please note, that local government has the authority to regulate these discharge times further. If you live inside the City of Oak Harbor, your best resource will be the Oak Harbor Fire Department or the Oak Harbor Police Department. If you live in Coupeville, your best resource will be Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue or the Coupeville Marshall's Office.