Des Moines Police Department reminds residents that fireworks are illegal

The Des Moines Police Department would like to remind everyone that – as outlined by Des Moines Municipal Code – the possession and use of “Fireworks” within the City limits of Des Moines is prohibited:

9.42.030 Fireworks Prohibited
Except as authorized by a permit for the public display of fireworks, as defined in RCW 70.77.160, or for religious purposes as authorized by RCW 70.77.311(2), no person, firm or corporation shall manufacture, possess, sell, store, ignite, explode or discharge any fireworks or firecrackers within the city limits of the city of Des Moines. The manufacture, possession, sale, discharge or storage of five pounds or more of fireworks or firecrackers is a misdemeanor. [Ord. 1537 § 1, 2012: Ord. 1362 § 3],

As provided for in the Des Moines Municipal Code, any violation of this ordinance is subject to a $513 penalty and confiscation of the illegal “fireworks.”

9.42.130 Penalties
(1) Unless otherwise noted, a violation or failure to comply with any part of this chapter is a class 1 civil infraction. Any person who violates any portion of this chapter shall be subject to having their fireworks confiscated as provided in RCW 70.77.435.

(2) A person is guilty of a separate offense for each action which violates any provision of, or any order, rule, or regulation made pursuant to, this chapter.

(3) Civil proceedings to enforce this chapter may be brought in the city of Des Moines municipal court or in the superior court for King County. [Ord. 1537 § 2, 2012: Ord. 1362 § 13, 2005.]

The men and woman of the Des Moines Police Department encourage you to attend the Fireworks Over Des Moines Celebration at the Des Moines Marina beginning at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday July 4th.

“We hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July.”


4 Responses to “Des Moines Police Department reminds residents that fireworks are illegal”
  1. Sarah says:

    Does this include sparklers?

  2. Ann says:

    Illegal but not enforced evidently on 8th S @ 204th vicinity it looks and sounds like Muckleshoot every year, this year is no exception,
    I know law enforcement is doing their best and can’t be everywhere, wonder if there is a way to bring in additional officers for just one day,

  3. That Guy says:

    I feel that the fireworks ban, contributes to more of the dangerous fireworks being used. A lot of people feel it’s their right to set off fireworks, and the lack of enforcement just rewards the act. Back in the day when “safe and sane” fireworks were still available, you could buy non-aerial fireworks that caused less damage. Now, with them outlawed, people are forced to drive to the reservation and can buy whatever they like. My opinion, is that they should bring back the blooming flowers, whistling petes, and other fun, yet non-aerial fireworks. It would cause a reduction in loud booms, and fires.

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