Run to the Reservation

The sale of legal fireworks on tribal lands is quite commonplace in our region due to the sovereign nature of the lands. Tribes that are federally recognized possess the authority to govern activities on their land without state government control, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Moreover, customers patronizing some of the area’s reservations may be able to detonate their purchases in a designated lighting area a short (but safe) walk from the booths. However, not all tribes have room for these areas, confirm before you burn.

This feature may not appeal to some living in areas where fireworks are permitted. However for those who live in areas that strictly ban the sale, possession, or detonation of fireworks, this may be the only way to celebrate with a bang. Especially when bans carry a costly fine for infractions.

In addition to monetary consequences, fireworks can also cost the health and safety of friends and loved ones. After all, fireworks and fire prevention go hand-in-hand.

Responsible users should keep a bucket of water and a charged hose nearby for emergencies. Duds and spent casings should be wetted down and placed in a metal bin away from other combustible items. And legal fireworks should never be altered or “beefed up” in any way.

If patrons have any questions about safety or even which rocket packs the biggest punch, the staff at these sites are experienced and can assist with a safe purchase.

Outside of the Indian reservations, the State of Washington and many of its cities have very specific rules for when and where you can light up (if at all). Here are some of the regulations concerning firework detonation around the Eastside this year according to Washington State Fire Marshall’s Office.

Bellevue: Banned

Bothell: Restricted
July 4th, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Issaquah: Banned

Kirkland: Banned

North Bend: Restricted
July 4th, 9 a.m. to midnight

Redmond: Banned

Renton: Banned

Sammamish: Banned

Snoqualmie: Restricted
July 4th, 9 a.m. to midnight

Woodinville: Banned

is an assistant editor at 425 magazine. Email her.
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