Fireworks Best Practices

There are plenty of fun and entertaining ways to celebrate Independence Day without using fireworks. Here are some safe alternatives that will make your kids and pets happy!


Consumer fireworks can only be used in Bothell on July 4th between 9am-11pm under the following provisions. If you choose to discharge fireworks this Independence Day, celebrate safely by following the guidelines listed below.

Know the Difference

Know the difference between illegal and legal fireworks. Legal fireworks known as consumer fireworks, are regulated and contain the code UN-336. Consumer fireworks can be purchased from any of the fireworks stands you see in Bothell. Illegal fireworks, often purchased on tribal land, are not safe and are prohibited in Washington State anywhere other than tribal land.

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Fireworks of any kind can be dangerous. A majority of fireworks-related injuries occur from holding fireworks, standing to closely to fireworks, getting hit by debris or attempting to relight "dud" fireworks. 

Important Safety Tips

Make sure everyone is positioned far back from where fireworks are being lit. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Always read the cautionary labels before lighting fireworks, wear gloves and eye protection, never light more than one firework at a time, and never try to relight a "dud" firework. Always have a responsible adult present and do not let children light fireworks. 

Homemade Fireworks

Tampered or homemade fireworks are dangerous, unpredictable and illegal. Often friction or heat can cause them to detonate.If you ever come across a homemade firework, stay away and call 911.


Sparklers are a type of firework and they can be extremely dangerous. Sparklers burn at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees (hot enough to melt some metals) and cause half of all fireworks-related injuries in children under 5 years of age. We recommend never letting young children play with fireworks, including sparklers.

Reporting Violations

911 centers tend to become overloaded with non-emergency calls on the Fourth of July. Do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help. If you would like to report a fireworks violation or have other non-emergency needs, please call Bothell Police’s non-emergency line: (425) 486-1254.  

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Leave Your Pets at Home 

Leave your pets at home. If fireworks are being used near your home, place your four-legged friend in a safe interior room to reduce exposure to the sound. Make sure your pet is microchipped and has identification tags in the event they run away from home.

Treating Burns

A common myth is that you should use ice when treating a burn. Ice can actually further damage the skin. When treating a minor burn, run cool water over the burn for 3-5 minutes or apply a cool, wet compress until the pain eases.


You can help limit the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to social distance, wear masks and by frequently washing your hands. For specific guidance relating to Fourth of July gatherings and best practices, please visit or look to your local health agencies for information- Seattle King County Public Health, Snohomish Health District