Council Legislation

Ordinance No. 2021-63

Title: An Emergency Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Authorizing the Pierce County Fire Marshal to Ban the Discharge of Fireworks in Unincorporated Pierce County; Setting an Expiration Date; and Declaring an Emergency.

Status: Defeated

Sponsors: Councilmembers Jani Hitchen

Final votes

June 29, 2021
Nay Nay Nay Aye Aye Aye Aye

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Public Comments

Name Date Comment
Grayson Crane 6/29/21 3:27 PM I write as a resident and farmer in unincorporated Pierce County, in district 3. The heatwave has already greatly stressed farmers and farms across our county. This is coming on the heels of a unprecedented year of stress and challenge in 2020 with COVID and smoke. We are poised again to see intense smoke this coming summer. I am very concerned about the use of fireworks in rural areas in Pierce County at this time. Our resources are thin and the risk is high. I urge county council to uphold this ban of fireworks for this 4th of July.
Robin Sherwood 6/29/21 3:33 PM Yes, please! I personally wish all airborne/projectile fireworks were banned indefinitely on private property.
Justine Winnie 6/29/21 3:58 PM As a small farmer, fireworks upset livestock and risk fires that destroy homes, farms, and businesses. Most wildfires are caused by human error. Leave the fireworks to the professionals, it's just not worth the risk.
Emma Uila 6/29/21 4:21 PM With the loss of so many celebrations and joy since early 2020, the last thing families and communities need is to lose, once again, another day of joy and celebration. For many, coming together and celebrating , with fireworks, and of course other celebratory traditions like barbecuing or outdoor activities, is so important. I think with reasonable preparations and precautions, fireworks should continue to be allowed. These communities, friends, and families, deserve to have a somewhat normal holiday, since we’ve lost so many already.
Rob VanSomeren 6/29/21 4:32 PM Valley Water posted signs this weekend to conserve water. How can we protect our property from fireworks. We already had a huge evacuation fire Labor Day
Alyssa Spillman 6/29/21 4:37 PM We always face dry and hot weather during the week of independence day. There is already legislation in place in case someone starts a fire. This is unnecessary and a also in the face to families that have not been able to celebrate much over the last 15 months. According to RCW 70.77.250, there is a year statutory waiting period on ordinances adopted that are more strict than state law for fireworks. How would this even be enforced this year? You'll have an already thin police force running around ruining the celebration of patriots, and certainly legal repercussions for the county will arise. Please don't
Linley Storm 6/29/21 4:45 PM Please ban the use of fireworks this year. Current conditions make it much too risky and many residents live in fear of their homes being burned. It’s not worth it. Thank you
Danna Bandle 6/29/21 5:01 PM Please please. This needs to happen this year . People are absolutely crazed. I do not want them this year.
Leslie Hagerty 6/29/21 5:17 PM I would like to see this passed permanently . I see know reason this can't be done since it has been done in so many other countries. The risk this year in extreme. But every year there are tragedies.
Virginia 6/29/21 5:29 PM I don’t agree with the ban. . People have already bought fireworks are you going to reimburse them . You waited till the last minute to do this and it’s wrong