Here’s what you need to know about when and where fireworks are legal in Whatcom County

Fourth of July is right around the corner and fireworks are now on sale in parts of Whatcom County, but there are location and date restrictions on their use.

You can buy legal fireworks in Whatcom County at any Washington state-licensed and Whatcom County-permitted stand. Illegal fireworks may not be made properly and could be dangerous. When shopping for fireworks, look for a license or permit displayed at the stand.

In the state of Washington, fireworks sales and use are only allowed around the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. Whatcom County only allows fireworks to be used from 6-11 p.m. on July 3 and July 5, and from 6 p.m. to midnight on the Fourth of July. Whatcom County cities have varying rules and regulations on lighting fireworks.

The city of Bellingham bans the use of all fireworks within city limits. This includes sparklers, fountains, smokeballs, ground-spinning fireworks, rockets, aerial missiles and all projectile fireworks. All other explosive devices such as cherry bombs or M-80s are also illegal. Anyone who violates the fireworks ban is subject to a civil infraction with a fine between $250-$1,000.


Monday, June 27, 2022 - 10:32am