New fireworks ban appears to have helped reduce complaints

policeLynnwood’s ban on the use, possession and discharge of fireworks, which took effect this year, appears to have played a significant role in the reduction of fireworks incidents, according to a report by the Lynnwood Police Department.

The number of calls related to fireworks in 2015 was 102, down from 203 in 2014. On July 4, the department dealt with 77 incidents, down from 143 in 2014. Thirty-one of the 77 incidents this year were self-generated incidents by officers in the field.

Lynnwood still had the highest number of fireworks calls among other cities in South Snohomish County. Edmonds reported 86 and Mountlake Terrace had 67 total calls in 2015. Lynnwood reported the sharpest drop in fireworks among South Snohomish County cities.

Police said that the early notifications used to inform the community of the ban on fireworks played a critical role in the lower number of fireworks incidents. These notices started in early June.

The ban also simplified efforts by police in that all fireworks were prohibited and unlike previous years when officers had to examine fireworks to determine if they were allowed by law.

Police did not issue fireworks citations but said there were a number of incidences where fireworks were confiscated.

Fireworks are allowed in unincorporated Snohomish County, which led to some confusion. Educating the public on Lynnwood City borders will help throughout the year with callers on various complaints, the Police said. Many residents don’t realize they are not in the actual City of Lynnwood and that they just have a mailing address, the Police added.

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