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Some fireworks legal in Washington are prohibited within Walla Walla city limits

Post Date:06/28/2019 4:20 PM

With the Independence Day holiday approaching, the City of Walla Walla wants to remind residents that some fireworks that are legal in Washington are prohibited within city limits. These fireworks might be sold in stands located in Walla Walla County or cities adjacent to Walla Walla, but possessing them within Walla Walla city limits is illegal under municipal code.

Walla Walla Police and Fire personnel will be actively enforcing City fireworks ordinances. If anyone within city limits is observed to possess or be setting off fireworks that are illegal in the state of Washington or prohibited by Walla Walla city ordinance, the person will be cited and the fireworks may be confiscated. To report illegal firework use, please call WESCOM nonemergency dispatch at 509-527-1960.

Throughout Walla Walla County, Independence Day fireworks may be sold legally from 9 a.m. July 1 until 11 p.m. July 4. Fireworks may only be legally discharged within Walla Walla city limits between 9 a.m. July 4 and midnight July 5 (which is the night of July 4).

The City of Walla Walla’s municipal code regarding fireworks is available online here. Additional information and safety tips are available on the fireworks page on the City website.

Fireworks that are legal within Walla Walla city limits are:

  • Novelties/Snap-Its
  • Cone fountains
  • Cylindrical fountains
  • Hand-held sparklers
  • Ground spinners
  • Smoke devices
  • Wheels

Fireworks that are legal in Washington but NOT within Walla Walla city limits are:

  • Fireworks that travel more than 20 feet off the ground
  • Fireworks that travel more than 15 feet along the ground
  • Fireworks that emit sparks or other burning material that land outside a 20-foot-diameter circle
  • Fireworks specifically designed to produce noise, including whistles, booms, pops, crackles and bangs
  • Parachutes
  • Roman candles
  • Air spinners/helicopters
  • Cakes/shells/mines
  • Bees/butterflies
  • Torches

Fireworks that are not legal in Washington or Walla Walla include:

  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle rockets
  • Explosive devices
  • Skyrockets/missiles