South County Fire supports fireworks ban

Reminder that fireworks are illegal in city of Mukilteo
Jun 27, 2018

The county’s largest fire department is asking the Snohomish County Council to adopt a ban on the sale and discharge of fireworks.

The South County Fire commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of a countywide fireworks ban at a board meeting earlier this month. The resolution also encourages other fire districts to adopt similar resolutions.

South County Fire officials plan to deliver their resolution at the County Council meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 9 a.m., in the Henry M. Jackson Board Room, Eighth Floor, Robert J. Drewel Building (Administration Building East), 3000 Rockefeller, Everett.

“We encourage citizens to join us at this meeting to voice support for a ban,” said Board Chair Jim Kenny.

South County Fire serves more than 250,000 residents in southwest Snohomish County, including the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. These cities already have bans in place, but discharge of fireworks remains legal on July 4 in South County Fire’s unincorporated service area.

“Fireworks put people and property at risk in our area every July 4. This is predictable, but it’s also preventable,” Kenny said.

According to South County Fire, fireworks have been responsible for a total of more than $3.7 million in property loss in the South County Fire service area since 2005, displacing 15 households from homes and apartments.

“We know fireworks bans can effectively reduce injuries, property damage and call volumes. We’ve seen this firsthand in the cities we serve where bans are already in place,” said Fire Chief Bruce Stedman.

He said 911 call volumes more than double on July 4 in unincorporated south Snohomish County. To handle the heavy call load expected this July 4, additional firefighters will be on duty to supplement South County Fire’s regular 24-hour staffing at 14 neighborhood fire stations.

It is also worth noting that fireworks are illegal in the city of Mukilteo under Municipal Code 8.04.020, which states: “It is unlawful for any person to sell, use, transfer, discharge, ignite or explode any fireworks within the city.”

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