WALLA WALLA — Fireworks stands may start to pop up locally, but officials are urging people to check local laws before they light any fuses.
Although state law allows fireworks sales to start Friday, county and city ordinances in Walla Walla County prohibit sales before Monday. They are required to end at midnight on Independence Day.
Sales in College Place, Walla Walla and Walla Walla County will be allowed between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On July 4 sales will be permitted from 9 a.m. to midnight.
The days and times when fireworks may be discharged also differs from place to place.
College Place and county residents may discharge fireworks starting Monday through July 4. But inside the city of Walla Walla, fireworks may be discharged only on the Fourth of July.
In College Place and Walla Walla County, fireworks may be set off between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On July 4, fireworks may be set off from 9 a.m. until midnight in Walla Walla, College Place and throughout the county.
Only College Place allows one extra day for discharging fireworks after Independence Day. Residents may discharge fireworks between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5, according to city ordinances.
The types of fireworks allowed also varies from place to place.
In the city of Walla Walla, fireworks purchased outside the city limits will not be allowed. The city code also specifically prohibits fireworks that travel more than 20 feet off the ground, travel more than 15 feet along the ground or are specifically designed to produce noise.
In the city of College Place and Walla Walla County, only fireworks which meet state requirements for “consumer fireworks” are permitted to be sold or discharged.