Public invited to weigh in on proposed County firework restrictions | Pierce County

  • Tue Aug 16th, 2016 5:52pm
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A new ordinance being proposed in Pierce County would amend when fireworks in the county could be sold to July 1 - 4.

Pierce County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg is encouraging the public to speak at the County Council on a proposed ordinance that restricts fireworks in Pierce County.

County Ordinance 2016-39 would amend Pierce County Code limiting the sale and discharge of fireworks to July 1- 4. The opportunity to speak to the Public Safety, Human Services, and Budget Committee is Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m., at Council Chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave S, Rm 1045. Individuals who are unable to make the meeting but would still like to comment can contact their County Council representative or comment online atwww.co.pierce.wa.us/council.

“Around the 4th of July holiday we receive many calls from citizens concerned about significant noise and safety concerns not only for people but for animals,” said Councilmember Ladenburg. “I understand the desire to celebrate the holiday, and instead of a complete ban on fireworks, which many jurisdictions have implemented, I am presenting this code amendment to balance the desires of the community.”

Pierce County Code currently follows state law regulation on the sale, purchase, possession and use of consumer fireworks from June 28-July 5. The proposed amendment would make the following changes to the current Unincorporated Pierce County Code:

Sales and Purchases Permitted: July 1 through July 4, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Discharge is Permitted: July 4, 10 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.

This code amendment is subject to a vote of the Council and would go into effect for the July 4, 2018 holiday.