Council Legislation

Proposed Ordinance No. 2021-79

Title: An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Amending Section 17C.60.230 of the Pierce County Code, "Fireworks," by Granting the Pierce County Fire Marshal the Authority to Issue a Temporary Order Prohibiting the Discharge of Consumer Fireworks, Extending the Dates the Sale of Fireworks is Permitted within the Unincorporated Area of Pierce County, and Limiting the Discharge of Consumer Fireworks to July 4 and December 31; and Setting an Effective Date.

Effective: November 1, 2022

Status: Completed

Sponsors: Councilmembers Dave Morell, Jani Hitchen, Ryan Mello, Derek Young

Final votes

September 21, 2021
Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye Aye


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Public Comments

Name Date Comment
Robert D Koreis 9/13/21 2:28 PM The Board of Directors of the Summit-Waller Community Association have authorized me as the association's President to express our support for this ordinance. While we believe it could go farther, providing the Pierce County Fire Marshal with the authority to place a temporary ban on the discharge of fireworks makes this legislation worthy of our support.
Robert D Koreis 9/13/21 2:28 PM The Board of Directors of the Summit-Waller Community Association have authorized me as the association's President to express our support for this ordinance. While we believe it could go farther, providing the Pierce County Fire Marshal with the authority to place a temporary ban on the discharge of fireworks makes this legislation worthy of our support.
Sheree A Johansen 9/17/21 6:54 PM I have been begging the Council to do something for several years now. Fireworks have changed since we were kids and it is scary to sit in your home waiting for the next bomb to go off. My dogs are terrified and I've never spoke to anyone that likes this time of year anymore. About 5 years ago, we had 3 burn marks in our front yard but we had gone camping. We don't dare leave the house anymore on the 4th. Also it starts 3 weeks before the 4th and another week after. I thank you all for your consideration. Respectfully submitted.
richard ziegler 9/18/21 12:21 AM This proposal undermines the ability to have a party on the 4 the of July. We need to know at least two weeks in advance to buy fireworks and invite people. We spend over $4000 every year on this and don't want someone to decide at the last minute that we can't do it. My neighbors and everyone I know will be sending a bill to the county for wasted resources if that happens. This needs to to be reworked with some sort of language that states he needs to decide at least three weeks in advance of the 4th a definite yes or no to plan accordingly. Thank you.
Elaine Biggerstaff 9/23/21 7:26 AM I support any initiative that restricts the time fireworks can be discharged in unincorporated Pierce County. However, unless these restrictions are enforced, and I sincerely doubt they can be, it's simply another "law" that is meaningless. For your information I have lived at the same address for 31 years and every year the fireworks in and around my neighbor are excessive, go off as soon as they are sold, at all times of the day and night, and I feel I am in a war zone.
Linda Moore 7/3/22 3:09 PM I Strongly want the fireworks in unincorporated Pierce County to end. I am dying and the noise and stress that the fireworks cause. Not to mention the fire danger that the fireworks cause. I believe the fireworks should only be used by professionals. HELP PLEASE