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Posted on: May 22, 2018

City Council Partially Lifts Fireworks Ban

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: 

  • Allowing the sale and use of consumer fireworks limited to cone/cylindrical fountains, spinners, wheels, smoke devices, sparklers, and novelties as defined by RCW 70.77.136.
  • Persons under the age of 16 may not possess, use, discharge or transport consumer fireworks except under supervision of an adult (18 or older).
  • Restrictions on where consumer fireworks may be discharged.
  • Restricts sale of consumer fireworks to commercially zoned properties.
  • Restricts dates and times of sale. (June 28 - July 5, December 31 - January 1)
  • Establishes licensing requirements, penalties and safety considerations. 

“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.

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