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Increase in retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2014

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced June 18 that the number of retail fireworks stand licenses issued in 2014 was up 5 percent, or 46 licenses, from last year. A state license is required before a city or county can issue a permit to operate a fireworks stand in Washington.

The sales and discharge of personal fireworks are not allowed within Kirkland city limits.

The counties that saw the largest increase in retail fireworks stand licenses issued this year are Snohomish County with an additional fifteen, followed by King County with thirteen and Pierce County had ten.

Sales of consumer fireworks begin on June 28 at noon and end on July 5 at 11 p.m. A number of city and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks. Always be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before using fireworks.

Attending a public display is a safe and fun way to enjoy fireworks. To learn about a community fireworks display near you, visit our website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.

For more information contact your local fire department, or call the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 360-596-3946.

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