Fireworks Are Not Legal in City Limits

City of Burien Reminds Residents That Fireworks Are Not Legal in City Limits
Posted on 06/25/2018
Three kids with flags.

Burien, WA, June 25, 2018— As the July 4th holiday rapidly approaches, the City of Burien urges residents to comply with Burien’s ban on fireworks within city limits. The Burien Police Department has scheduled extra officers who will specifically be assigned to enforce violations of the fireworks ordinance.

Residents who possess or discharge fireworks may receive a ticket, be fined from $125 to $1,000 depending on the nature of the violation, and have their fireworks confiscated.

No such thing as safe fireworks

  • Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
  • Fireworks pose a serious risk of house fires. It only takes one stray bottle rocket to land in a gutter with dry leaves, and someone’s home, and potentially the family and pets inside the home, are lost. Every year, hundreds of homes catch on fire because of fireworks.
  • The safer alternative is attending a public fireworks display. Not only is it safer, but you also get to enjoy the artistry of fireworks designed and launched by professionals.
  • Respect your neighbors and protect the environment. Some military veterans who suffer from PTSD find the loud noises trigger panic attacks and other negative feelings. Loud noises can also be terrifying for pets, birds, and other wildlife. Nesting birds may be scared away from their nests, and the stress of the loud noises may cause animals to flee into roadways. Elderly residents and young children can also be disturbed by the loud noises from fireworks.

There are many ways to still have fun on July 4th. Go to the Burien Independence Day Parade, enjoy a picnic or barbecue, or go to a public fireworks display and leave the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.

The City of Burien staff, Burien Police Department, and Burien Fire Department will be working together to ensure residents have a safe and happy July 4th holiday.