PETITION TO BAN FIREWORKS
In Unincorporated Areas of South Snohomish County
The South County Fire Board of Commissioners is preparing to petition the Snohomish County Council to ban the sale and use of consumer fireworks within our unincorporated service area.
Prevent Fires and Injuries
Each year, Snohomish County fire and law enforcement agencies receive more than 650 firework-related calls in July. Fires started by fireworks have caused more than $3.4 million in damage and have displaced 15 households in unincorporated south Snohomish County since 2005.
This is predictable, and it’s also preventable.
Bans Are Effective
Fireworks bans in the cities we serve have effectively reduced injuries, property loss and 911 call volumes. In our state, eight counties and 92 cities have banned fireworks.
Current rules and regulations have not been effective, particularly in the suburban and urban areas we serve. We have residents share that they are afraid to leave their homes on July 4 due to heavy fireworks use in their neighborhoods. Banning fireworks would prevent injuries, loss of life and property as well as restore a sense of security, safety and peace of mind for the people we serve.