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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1963 NO. 34 > Jul 1 1963

A city or town may not by ordinance limit or restrict the issuance of a permit for the manufacture, importation, exportation, possession, sale, use or discharge of fireworks to charitable and public service groups.  The governing authority of the city or town must consider each application for a permit and then exercise its discretion in denying or granting same.

AGO 1962 NO. 129 > May 4 1962

(1) Enrolled members of an Indian tribe not subject to state jurisdiction pursuant to chapter 37.12 RCW can sell fireworks on the Indian reservation notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 228, Laws of 1961, the state fireworks law, and not be subject to criminal actions by local enforcement officials. (2) The law may be enforced on the reservation by local law enforcement officials as to all other persons. (3) The local public agency cannot charge more than $10.00 for a fireworks permit fee under § 88, chapter 228, Laws of 1961 (RCW 70.77.555).

AGO 1962 NO. 145 > Jul 18 1962

A city or town does not have the authority to prohibit by ordinance the manufacture, importation, exportation, possession, sale, use or discharge of fireworks within its corporate limits but may regulate such activities under provisions of the state fireworks law (chapter 228, Laws of 1961, chapter 70.77 RCW).

AGO 1962 NO. 186 > Dec 21 1962

An out-of-state fireworks manufacturer who desires to ship his product into this state must obtain a Washington manufacturer's license unless his product is exclusively dangerous fireworks intended for public display, in which case his product may be classified for an importer or wholesaler holding a Washington license.