Pierce County allows fireworks in unincorporated areas in limited hours

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By Marianne Lincoln

It was Tuesday, June 29 and I was opening the County Council Agenda to join the Zoom meeting. There was an announcement of a 15 minute delay in the meeting, so I perused the recently updated agenda. On it was an Emergency Ordinance. That meant this item just hit the Agenda that day. It was a proposed County Wide Emergency Fireworks BAN. I posted it quickly to 5 Facebook community group pages, noting the last minute addition. Questions and comments flew. So I posted the Zoom link, call in phone number and PCTV access information. After several proclamations, the Council went into executive session. That means they were not on public media for 30 minutes. It was 5 p.m. before they took up the issue.

An Emergency Ordinance means the Council put it on at the last minute due to an emergency, but it also meant they had to get a super majority vote of 5 to 2 to pass it. Citing a former Fireworks ban attempt in 2016 that ended in an ordinance stating the County must ban fireworks a year in advance, they failed to get enough votes to do the ban. The point of the one year clause was so non-profits that base a portion of their annual income of fireworks sales would not get left holding an inventory of unsold goods, tying up their budget. Many service clubs have used firework sales over the years to supplement their charity work.

In the end, the Council added additional public service information to their website, reminding people what to do to discharge fireworks safely and with consideration for their neighbors and pets. Fireworks | Pierce County, WA – Official Website (piercecountywa.gov)

That link also tells what cities ban fireworks and what the discharge times are in places that allow them.

 LOCATION TIMES
 CITY, COUNTY, & STATE PARKS FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
 BONNEY LAKE JULY 4: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 BUCKLEY JULY 4: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 DECEMBER 31 – JANUARY 1: 9AM – 12:30AM
 CARBONADO JULY 3 – 5: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 DUPONT JULY 4: 6PM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 EATONVILLE JULY 3 – 4: 12 NOON – 11PM
 EDGEWOOD JULY 4: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 FIFE JUNE 28: 12 NOON – 11PM
 JUNE 29 – JULY 3: 9AM – 11PM
 JULY 4: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 JULY 5: 9AM – 11PM
 FIRCREST FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
 GIG HARBOR JULY 1 – 3: 9AM – 11PM
 JULY 4: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 JBLM FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
 LAKEWOOD JULY 3 – 5: 11AM – 11PM
 MILTON JULY 4: 9AM – 11PM
 ORTING JULY 4: 12:01AM – 11:59PM
 PUYALLUP JULY 4: 9AM – 11PM
 ROYJUNE 28: 12 NOON – 11PM
JUNE 29 – JULY 5: 9AM – 11PM
 RUSTON FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
 SOUTH PRAIRIE JUNE 28: 12 NOON – 11PM
 JUNE 29 – JULY 3: 9AM – 11PM
 JULY 4: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 JULY 5: 9AM – 11PM
 STEILACOOM FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
 SUMNER JULY 4: 12 NOON – 12 MIDNIGHT
 TACOMA FIREWORKS ARE BANNED
 UNINCORPORATED PIERCE COUNTY JULY 1 – JULY 3: 10AM – 11PM
 JULY 4: 10AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 JULY 5: 10AM – 11PM (ONLY when the 4th falls on a Sunday)
 UNIVERSITY PLACE JULY 4: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 WILKESON JUNE 28: 12 NOON – 11PM
 JUNE 29 – JULY 3: 9AM – 11PM
 JULY 4: 9AM – 12 MIDNIGHT
 JULY 5: 9AM – 11PM

Thank you to all the people who caught on, tuned in to the Council Meeting and spoke up. Many are very concerned about the dry conditions this year, just as our Council had concerns. Keep tracking the agenda, your participation was truly appreciated. Personally, I did not speak because I was so glad to hear all of your voices. I knew the meeting was going to be long, so I emailed my comments to the Council on the agenda items I was concerned about.

Have a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Cazwell says:

    Wish someone had had the foresight to negotiate with the tribes when casinos were suddenly allowed. They get all those gambling dollars in exchange for ceasing to sell explosives the weeks leading up to the 4th and New Years. Every year I pick up bottle rockets out of my pasture and this year I wasn’t able to get the grass mowed, so …

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