- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Legal fireworks sales for Independence Day begin Tuesday and run through July 5.

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy asks state residents to only purchase and discharge legal fireworks and to know the laws in their town.

This year 867 retail fireworks stand licenses were issued.

The state allows fireworks to be discharged between June 29 and July 5 but some local municipalities have stricter regulations.

Duffy says the usual safety rules should apply wherever fireworks are used, including keeping them away from children and pets, having a source of water nearby, and following the directions on the package.

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