Fireworks FAQs

All fireworks are illegal within Shelton city limits. Fireworks violations are a misdemeanor and subject to a fine. The City of Shelton strongly encourages community members to attend a public fireworks display conducted by licensed pyrotechnicians to enjoy fireworks.

We've gathered some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about fireworks in Shelton.

Fireworks FAQs

Why are fireworks illegal in the City of Shelton?
Fireworks were banned by the City in 2013. Residents had expressed concern about fireworks going off in neighborhoods before, during, and after the Fourth of July holiday. Besides the noise, the City has also received frequent complaints about fire danger, litter, traumatized military veterans and scared pets.
Are any fireworks legal inside City limits?
Only public firework displays that are permitted by the City of Shelton and conducted by a licensed pyrotechnician are permitted inside the City limits.
Where are fireworks legal?
Generally, possession and discharge of fireworks is legal within the jurisdiction where they were lawfully purchased. Some jurisdictions may have date and time restrictions for discharge, as well as temporary bans and/or seasonal restrictions due to extreme fire hazards. Be sure to check with local jurisdictions on current fireworks regulations.
What if I buy fireworks in another city or on Tribal Land?
Even if you legally purchase fireworks somewhere else and bring them inside the City limits, you risk being fined and having them confiscated. Remember, many of the fireworks purchased on Tribal Land are only legal to discharge on Tribal Land.
What will happen if I'm contacted by the Shelton Police Department for possession or discharge of fireworks?
The primary goal of the Shelton Police Department is to educate the community on current fireworks regulations. However, officers have the discretion to determine what course of action may be appropriate. The types and quantities of fireworks, manner of discharge and cooperation with the officer may affect their decision. The primary goal is to ensure the safety of Shelton residents. Repeated offenses may result in enforcement action. In all cases, fireworks are subject to seizure and destruction.
What should I do if I find unexploded fireworks?
Call the Shelton Police Department's non-emergency line at 360-426-4441.
How can I keep my pet safe on the Fourth of July when there are fireworks going off outside?
Protect your pets during the Fourth of July by keeping them secure indoors. Loud noises can cause pets stress, and may cause them to run away. Please ensure your pets have two forms of identification (ex: nametag, microchip, dog license) as this is extremely helpful when attempting to reunite you with your pet. If you're looking for your lost pet, please contact the Shelton Animal Shelter at 360-427-7503.
How do I report a fireworks violation?
To report emergencies, always call 911. Fireworks emergencies can include: if there's a fire/smoke/flames, if someone was injured by fireworks, if someone's life is in danger, if someone is making homemade fireworks, etc.

If you'd like to report a noise disturbance, make a fireworks complaint, have fireworks you'd like to get rid of, or if someone is shooting off illegal fireworks (such as M80s or bottlerockets) - please call the non-emergency phone line at 360-426-4441. 

While there are additional patrols for the Fourth of July, officers will prioritize firework related complaints among other calls for service.