Despite bans, people stock up on fireworks for 4th of July

Thunderbird Fireworks on the Puyallup Reserve has seen a surge in firework sales despite some new firework bans in the area.

TACOMA, Wash. — People have been stocking up on fireworks for the July 4th holiday.

Thunderbird Fireworks on the Puyallup Reservation in Pierce County is seeing a steady stream of customers.

“With COVID and people being quarantined, this is something where you can relax and have some fun, so we’ve actually seen an uptick over the past few years,” said Katie Holmes of Thunderbird Fireworks.

This year, the 4th of July falls on a Monday, making for a long weekend which Holmes believes will attract more customers.

“When the 4th falls in the middle of the week, you don’t see quite as much traffic,” Holmes said.

Most cities in Pierce County allow fireworks displays around the Fourth of July at certain times of the day. However, fireworks are prohibited in Tacoma.

Also new this year is fireworks being banned across much of King County. Many cities have their own bands, and a new law bans fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county.

Firefighters hope the laws protect property and people from fires and injuries such as severe burns and loss of limbs.

“Fireworks are explosive and can be dangerous,” said Jay Hagen, Bellevue Fire Chief. “We truly believe that the best experience is going to one of the professional shows.”

At Thunderbird Fireworks, Holmes said whatever people buy, they urge them to use it safely.

“It’s about taking the right precautions, using the right material to light a firework, setting it up in an area where you don’t have anything that could be burning and where there aren’t people around you who could be by Fireworks can be hit,” Holmes said.

Whether it’s a public display or a private purchase, all indications are that there will be no shortage of fireworks next Monday. Despite bans, people stock up on fireworks for 4th of July

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