Leave fireworks to the pros this year, county sheriff’s office urges

Local law enforcement agencies and fire departments are gearing up for a hot, dry Fourth of July this year. Thurston County has already put a burn ban into effect, and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to leave fireworks to the pros. And as in other years, deputies are already preparing to respond to dozens of fireworks-related calls during the holiday weekend.

“We certainly understand that the potential for injury or property damage exists any time fireworks are discharged,”Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said. “But we’re going to have to focus our limited resources on the situations where there is an immediate threat to lives and property.”

Fireworks may only be sold in unincorporated Thurston County at licensed “safe and sane” stands from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. through July 4.

Fireworks may only be discharged in unincorporated Thurston County from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4.

In Lacey and Olympia city limits, it’s illegal to purchase and discharge any fireworks.

First responders also remind residents to call 911 only during emergencies — including situations where lives or property are in danger, or when there is an illegal burn or wildfire.

In nonemergency situations, including fireworks noise complaints, residents should call the Thurston County Communications business line at 360-704-2740.