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.