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Fireworks and Fourth of July Safety

The Tacoma Fire Department encourages you and your family to attend a public fireworks display to enjoy fireworks. All Fireworks are illegal in the City of Tacoma. Violators are subject to a $257 dollar fine and the confiscation of their fireworks. Please call (253) 798-4722 to report suspected violations.

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If you have additional questions, please call the Fire Prevention Division at (253) 591-5740.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 4th of July is a fun and special holiday for many, however, it can also be a very dangerous one. Here are some commonly asked questions about fireworks.

Are fireworks illegal in Tacoma?
Absolutely - all of them! In the city of Tacoma, it is unlawful to purchase, possess or discharge any fireworks, with the exception of display fireworks discharged by professionals at a sanctioned community event.
Why are they banned?
Fireworks were originally banned in 1992 following a very dry spring. Officials were concerned about a high fire danger and limited the discharge to one day only. In a close vote the following spring, the City Council banned fireworks completely. However, the deciding factor was not because of weather related conditions, but due to the inherent danger that fireworks pose to citizen's and property. After much debate and in a close vote in May of 1998, the City Council decided to keep the ban in place.
What if I buy my fireworks in another city or on Tribal Land?
If you buy fireworks and bring them to Tacoma you risk being fined and having them confiscated because they are not legal here. Remember, many of the fireworks purchased on Tribal Land are only legal to discharge on a Tribal Land.
But I want big, fancy fireworks!  What do I do?
Let someone else do the work - there are many free shows put on by professionals. These shows include spectacular fireworks and you'll be amazed by what you see. Join us for outrageous fun at the Freedom Fair - it's the best show around!