State Patrol K-9 will sniff out your fireworks on state ferries

Traveling with fireworks for July 4 celebrations? Make sure they're accessible for Washington State Patrol officers to examine.

The State Patrol explosive detection canine teams are trained to sniff out explosives, which includes legal and illegal fireworks. Ferry customers in vehicles carrying fireworks should anticipate the dogs detecting the fireworks and store them where they are easily accessible.

“Ferry customers are expected to obey laws regarding legal fireworks in Washington State,” said Homeland Security Division Commander Captain Randy Drake. “Legal fireworks include sparklers, ground spinners and roman candles. Illegal fireworks or other explosive devices are not allowed on ferries and will be confiscated and disposed of by the Washington State Patrol.” Those possessing illegal fireworks will be subject to criminal prosecution.

View the Washington State Patrol Fire Marshal’s fireworks education campaign kit at and the enforcement campaign kit at

The State Fire Marshal’s office maintains an up-to-date list of legal and illegal fireworks at Fireworks can be legally sold in Washington from June 28, at noon and ends July 5, at 11 p.m.

For specific information about fireworks and fireworks safety contact Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Dan Johnson, WSP Office of the State Fire Marshal at (360) 596-3913.


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