Sarah Szpak stands by the ultra big boxes of fireworks for sale at Big Dog Fireworks in Freeland. Since the tent opened Friday morning, Szpak said there’s been a steady stream of customers spending an average of $50.

Sarah Szpak stands by the ultra big boxes of fireworks for sale at Big Dog Fireworks in Freeland. Since the tent opened Friday morning, Szpak said there’s been a steady stream of customers spending an average of $50.

New fireworks rules in effect

Big bang for big bucks at some sales tents

Don’t be surprised if you see fireworks light up the skies across the island as early as 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Island County adopted new regulations last year that specify the days and times that people can light off fireworks.

The regulations are specific to where a person lives.

Fireworks may only be lit on private property — beaches, parks and schools are off-limits across all of Island County.

In Langley and Coupeville, residents may light fireworks only between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 4.

In unincorporated Island County, residents may light fireworks 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3, 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5.

Oak Harbor residents get a head start on Independence Day celebrations since they are allowed to set off fireworks a few days earlier. Approved times for discharge of fireworks within city limits are noon to 11 p.m. starting on June 28.

City residents can also light fireworks 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29 through July 3, 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5.

The Big Dog Fireworks tent in Freeland, near the intersection of Harbor Road and Main Street, opened 8 a.m. Friday morning. By 10 a.m., there had already been a steady stream of customers spending an average of $50 each, said employee Sarah Szpak.

Prices range from 99-cents to more than $600 for a giant mix of bang in a box.

“Groups come in and chip in to buy the combinations,” Szapk.

The private off-island company also set-up a temporary tent in Clinton.

Hours at both locations are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29-July 3, 8 a.m. to midnight July 4 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5.

Poopy Poppers are popular at Big Dog Fireworks in Freeland. The tent is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, 8 a.m. to midnight July 4 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5.

Poopy Poppers are popular at Big Dog Fireworks in Freeland. The tent is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, 8 a.m. to midnight July 4 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5.

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