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Fireworks Regulations

"If it goes up or blows up, it is illegal in Auburn!"

City of Auburn Regulations

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 a Safe Independence Day

  • 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.