FIREWORKS SAFETY AND LEGALITY IN FIFE
Everybody deserves to celebrate Independence Day safely. The Fife Police Department wants local residents to know when it is legal to discharge fireworks in the City of Fife.
Fireworks discharge is not permitted on any city property. Residents can discharge legal, consumer grade fireworks on their own property in a safe location (away from buildings, tall grass, etc.) only on the days and times listed below. Any public displays (inviting the public and/or involving 15 or more persons) require an event permit from the city.
Remember that selling, possessing and/or using illegal fireworks is an arrestable offense with up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
More information on Fife's fireworks laws and other related information is at
HOURS FOR legal FIREWORKS discharge
June 28: Noon to 11 p.m.
June 29-July 3: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
July 4: Extended Hours: 9 a.m. to midnight
July 5: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
December 31: 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1 of the subsequent year
FIREWORKS ARE NEVER ALLOWED AT THESE LOCATIONS
School properties, including Fife High School, Fife Elementary, Columbia Junior High, all Fife School District parks and facilities.
City properties and parks, including Brookville Community Park, Dacca Park, Five Acre Park, Wedge Park, the Fife Aquatic Center, Community Center, Fife City Hall and all other city properties, parks and buildings.
Many apartment complexes and homeowners associations have regulations that do not allow fireworks. Please check with yours before lighting.
FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
The National Council on Fireworks Safety warns that if not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.
Fife Police Chief Pete Fisher shares some firework safety tips and how to report firework concerns inthis episode of Chat With the Chief.
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws.
- Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
- Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the police. Call 911.