When is it legal to set off fireworks in Whatcom County?


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Carlos Castaneda Jr., 12, helps stock the fireworks stand owned by his family Monday, June 23, 2014, on Haxton Way on the Lummi Reservation.


Fireworks go on sale Saturday, June 28, across Whatcom County except in the city of Bellingham, where they are banned.

People in most areas except Bellingham can legally set off fireworks from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5, according to the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office. Blaine has its own hours for fireworks. Setting off fireworks at other times is illegal in most areas of the county.

Fireworks purchased at non-tribal stands or stores in Whatcom County should be OK to possess, but certain items available on reservations are prohibited off them, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, missile-style rockets with fins and mortar shells.

Homemade explosives such as pipe bombs and M-80s also are illegal.

Extra police and fire patrols are planned to look for people illegally possessing or using fireworks.

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