As the country celebrates its independence this July Fourth, the City of Lakewood recognizes that residents will purchase and use fireworks to show their independence.
But there are restrictions, and violation of these restrictions could result in a fine and even jail time. Not a good way to celebrate the Red, White and Blue, to say the least.
To help residents determine what and what not to do, the City is providing this Q&A regarding fireworks in the City of Lakewood:
Question: Am I allowed to purchase fireworks within the City of Lakewood?
Answer: Yes. Those with a permit issued by the City are allowed to sell fireworks from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., June 28 to July 4.
Question: Are there age restrictions regarding who can purchase fireworks?
Answer: Yes. You must be at least 16 years old to buy fireworks in Lakewood.
Question: Can I buy any type of fireworks from a permitted seller?
Answer: No. The state has outlined which fireworks can be sold and legally discharged in WAC 212-17-198.
Question: Once I buy fireworks, can I use or discharge them at any time?
Answer: No. In the City of Lakewood, residents can legally discharge fireworks 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 3 to July 5. Those restrictions don’t apply to sparklers and small caps, or “Popits.”
Question: Can I discharge fireworks any way I’d like?
Answer: No. You may not discharge fireworks in a negligent or reckless manner that endangers and/or disregards people, animals or property.
Question: Is a violation of any of these rules actually a crime?
Answer: Yes. Violation of any part of the City’s fireworks ordinance is a considered a misdemeanor that requires a mandatory court appearance.
Question: Will the Lakewood Police Department be out in extra force come the holiday?
Answer: Yes. Police have historically assigned extra patrol July 3-5 to respond to complaints.