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Firework Stands Open in Auburn

The firework stands near the Muckleshoot Casino and Resort are expected to open tonight, June 19.  Auburn Police Department has shared fireworks shows are planned in the evening in the area of the temporary fireworks stands. Currently, these shows are planned for Saturday, June 20 and June 27. 

Fireworks that “go up or blow up” are not permitted within the City of Auburn. Auburn firework regulations do not apply to Muckleshoot tribal land. Muckleshoot tribal land is not limited to the area surrounding the Muckleshoot Casino.

The current listed ‘light off times’ for the Muckleshoot firework stand area are:

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00am – Midnight
June 20th show is expected to begin at 9:30am.

Fireworks negatively impact an array of individuals and pets.  Please be respectful of your neighbors and do not set off illegal fireworks, especially late at night. As we are close to July 4th, and there will be no local official celebrations, the Auburn Examiner advises those who know they have adverse reactions to fireworks to prepare as well as they are able.**

City of Auburn Regulations

The City of Auburn passed new legislation related to firework regulations.  The new regulations, as per the City of Auburn website read as follows:

Discharge of legal* fireworks is allowed on July 4th only, between the hours of 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM Discharge is also allowed from 6:00 PM on December 31, to 1:00 AM on January 1.

You must be at least 16 years old to purchase legal fireworks.

Increased Enforcement

The Auburn Police Department will cite those using fireworks unlawfully with a possible fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail. Those discharging fireworks recklessly face up to a $5,000 fine and a year in jail. Anyone caught in possession of a device containing more than 2 grains of pyrotechnic charge (such as an M80) may be charged with a felony, punishable up to 20 years in prison.

Citizens can assist the City with this stepped-up emphasis by calling our non-emergency number at 253-288-2121 when fireworks are illegally discharged in their neighborhood.

Tips For Fireworks Safety

  • Consider attending a public display as a safe alternative
  • Buy and use only legal fireworks
  • Follow directions and safety recommendations printed on the fireworks
  • Maintain adult supervision
  • Use fireworks in an area clear of materials that can burn (grass, bark, trees)
  • Keep garden hoses ready
  • Wet down fireworks display area
  • Light one item at a time, move away quickly and keep a safe distance
  • Dispose of used fireworks by first soaking them in water
  • Trim any tall grass close to buildings or fences
  • Clean all gutters and move burnable materials away from homes
  • Place minor burns in cool water, call 911 if you need further assistance
Legal Illegal
Party Poppers
Booby Traps
Snappers
Sparklers
Cylindrical and Cone Fountains
Illuminating Torches
Wheels
Ground Spinners
Flitter Sparklers
Smoke Devices
All Aerial Devices
Sky Rockets
Missile-Type Rockets
Helicopters
Aerial Spinners
Roman Candles
Mines, Shells
Firecrackers and Salutes
Chasers, Jumping Jacks

* Anything that leaves the ground, or produces a report or explosion is illegal. Any combination of two or more effects is also illegal.

**The Auburn Examiner does not recommend or condone the use of illegal fireworks.

Last updated June 20 9:45pm

One Comment

  1. Robert B Robert B June 19, 2020

    Here is a really GOOD definition of the word ‘phony’. And a secondary definition of the word, ‘pointless’.

    The City of Auburn posts signs all over town telling people, “If It Goes Up, or Blows Up, it’s Illegal in Auburn”.

    The city also sends officers all over town to make sure this law is enforced. They probably catch less than five percent of the people actually doing Go Up or Blow Up.

    Meanwhile, just up the hill from town, the Muckleshoot Tribe has one of the biggest fireworks supply chains going. And yes, you can get the REALLY illegal stuff, the items far and beyond simple M-80’s. The tribe also contributes heavily to events in the city from time to time. I don’t have a problem with any of that, except for the ‘beyond simple M-80′ stuff. I DO have a problem with the phoniness of the whole setup. City says it’s illegal to set them off, but city is also buddy-buddy with one of the biggest suppliers of hard core fireworks in Washington State. It’s too much of a temptation for people. There’s something weird about the whole thing.

    In town on holidays, everyone and his brother set off mass quantities of the same illegal fireworks they just bought up the hill at the Reservation. IN Auburn. And although I don’t think the Auburn cops do this anymore, some of them used to provide security to the fireworks stands up there on their off-duty hours for extra money. Now they spend their holiday time chasing the folks IN setting off the fireworks so freely available right in Auburn.

    Does something seem screwy to you about this whole system? Sure does to me. And the law doesn’t work anyway. Anyone in Auburn can tell you that it always sounds like the Fourth of July in Auburn…ON the Fourth of July, and New Years’ Eve as well. The law isn’t working, and it probably never will. The City of Auburn should simply admit defeat, and make most fireworks legal again.

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