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The Pasco City Council, in its May 21 meeting, approved partially lifting the ban on the use and sale of personal fireworks and adopted state standards for allowed fireworks.
Use of personal fireworks has been prohibited within City limits since 1996. Since that time, the City has grown and many areas of fire concern, such as open fields, are now developed. Additionally, enforcement of a total fireworks ban has been difficult due to limited resources and prioritization. Given these factors, Fire and Police staff recommended lifting the personal fireworks ban and moving to state standards. Highlights of the new ordinance include:
“This new ordinance is a pragmatic approach to current attitudes about fireworks that balances safety and enforcement,” said Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins. The City will be publicizing more on the new fireworks standards in the run-up to the 4th of July; the approved ordinance is online at: http://bit.ly/PascoFireworks. Also, a flyer detailing allowed fireworks and times can be found here.
The City of Pasco strives to continue improving the quality of life in the community.