Normandy Park City Manager calls for voluntary restriction of fireworks

Normandy Park City Manager Mark Hoppen is asking residents to voluntarily restrict their use of fireworks, due to potential fire dangers during the extreme dry weather.

“In the last few days, numerous citizens have expressed a desire for an emergency ban on fireworks in Normandy Park, given the extraordinarily dry conditions,” Hoppen said. “Such concern is warranted. In order to ban fireworks, emergency or otherwise, a city or county must by law wait to impose a ban for one year after adoption of an ordinance to do so. The City Council of Normandy Park is going to consider such a ban in the near future, but no local government emergency ban is currently possible under state law.”

Hoppen adds:

“Only Governor Inslee can issue an emergency state-wide fireworks ban; not even the Washington State Fire Marshal can do so.

“So, in the event dry weather with temperatures in the 90s continues as predicted, I am encouraging all city residents, as well as visitors to Normandy Park, who want to enjoy fireworks, to make plans to attend safe, controlled, public fireworks shows in the region, and to avoid fireworks displays or discharge within public, residential, or business areas from the 28th of June through the 4th of July.”

Normandy Park Municipal Code 3.32.030 states:

“Fireworks may be used or discharged on those dates and between those hours specified in RCW 70.77.395(2); provided, that fireworks may not be discharged or used at any time on July 5th. (Ord. 875 § 1, 2012)”

RCW 70.77.395 states:

(2) Consumer fireworks may be used or discharged each day between the hours of twelve o’clock noon and eleven o’clock p.m. on the twenty-eighth of June and between the hours of nine o’clock a.m. and eleven o’clock p.m. on the twenty-ninth of June to the third of July, and on July 4th between the hours of nine o’clock a.m. and twelve o’clock midnight, and between the hours of nine o’clock a.m. and eleven o’clock p.m. on July 5th, and from six o’clock p.m. on December 31st until one o’clock a.m. on January 1st of the subsequent year, and as provided in RCW 70.77.311.

(3) A city or county may enact an ordinance within sixty days of June 13, 2002, to limit or prohibit the sale, purchase, possession, or use of consumer fireworks on December 27, 2002, through December 31, 2002, and thereafter as provided in RCW 70.77.250(4).

RCW 70.77.250(4) states:

“4) The chief of the Washington state patrol, through the director of fire protection, shall adopt those rules as are necessary to ensure statewide minimum standards for the enforcement of this chapter. Counties and cities shall comply with these state rules. Any ordinances adopted by a county or city that are more restrictive than state law shall have an effective date no sooner than one year after their adoption.”

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