Local fire officials call for a ban on fireworks

Commissioners of the largest fire district in Snohomish County are calling for a fireworks ban in unincorporated parts of the county.

Fire District 1 commissioners unanimously approved the resolution earlier this week.

Officials say since 2005, fireworks have been responsible for a total of more than $3.25 million in property loss in Fire District 1.

“As it stands now, we have citizens who tell us they won’t leave their homes on July 4 out of fear that an errant firework will destroy their property. A ban will restore their sense of security, reduce injuries and cut property losses,” said David Chan, board chair.

Such a ban would only apply to homes in unincorporated parts of Lynnwood, not homes within the city limits. Fireworks are legal within Lynnwood’s boundaries with certain restrictions.

Three neighboring cities served by Fire District 1 — Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway – have already banned fireworks.

Typically, Fire District 1’s call load more than doubles on the Fourth of July. This year they are bringing in two extra engine companies to help with the higher number of calls.

  1. I fully support a full ban on the sale and use of fireworks in Lynnwood. The current “safe and sane” law is never enforced, and what goes on is unsafe and insane. Not only do residents set off fireworks for days in advance,  illegally disturbing the peace, but on the 4th the town is invaded by trucks full of drunken morons with illegal explosives. This isn’t about “freedom”, it’s about the rest of us having the right to not have to evacuate our homes. And to not have them set on fire by idiots. And to not have our animals and small children and war vets with PTSD terrorized. And why should the fire department’s underpaid heroes have to risk their lives because some selfish people want to blow things up?

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with loumac on this one. Last night (the 3rd) idiots on my street were lighting off fireworks (illegal) past 10pm (illegal) and I KNOW they were reservation fireworks due to the size/explosion of them (ALSO ILLEGAL). Just moved to Lynnwood & already ready to put my vote in for “NO” on fireworks. All it does is cause $$ damage… spend our firefighting resources…. and scare pets etc. 

  3. Where can we go to support a full ban on the sale and use of fireworks?  My house has been a war zone for 2 weeks in unincorporated Bothell–I just got done screaming like a banshee at the neighbors behind us for letting off their obviously illegal bombs so loud it shook my windows.   A professional fireworks display is safe and enjoyable and a community event–it’s about time to stop the drunks being given weapons for which our homes are the price.

  4. I sent an email to David Chan (board chair Fire Dist #1) regarding this but haven’t heard back yet. I will keep trying until I get a response. When I do hopefully they can do an update on this website. 

  5. what i dont understand is the safe and sane part of the law.  it is stated that if it is sold in lynnwood it is legal.  are all the fireworks stands selling illeagle items?  they sell mortars and all kinds of aerial devices, but they are said to be illegal.  i bought my fireworks this year in boom city, the illegal items i got are nothing compared to the mortars you can get in every area legally.  little fire crackers dont do anything but burn and hurt, im quite sure those mortars could kill in the right circumstance.  as far as every one claiming they “know” what they hear is illegal boom, learn what is actually available before you pass such judgments  

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