From a December 6, 2019, South County Fire and Rescue News Release.
Editor's note: This article was corrected on December 7, 2019, to show that fireworks will be banned in all of Snohomish County's Southwest Urban Growth Area including parts of Fire District 7's service area south and east of Mill Creek.
Fireworks will be banned in South County Fire and Rescue’s unincorporated service area in southwest Snohomish County beginning in 2021.
The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday, December 4th, unanimously approved the ban in the densely populated Southwest County Urban Growth Area, which includes all of South County Fire and Rescue’s unincorporated service area and some of Fire District 7's unincorporated service area.
In June, South County Fire and Rescue filed a petition asking the council to create a “no firework” area banning fireworks in the regional fire authority’s unincorporated service area.
Fireworks are already banned in the four cities served by South County Fire and Rescue: Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace.
County voters were asked to weigh in on the issue in an advisory vote in the November general election. Countywide, 56 percent supported banning fireworks. Within the South County Fire and Rescue regional fire authority, support was even greater with 59.78% of voters favoring a ban.
Fire officials in south Snohomish County have been seeking a firework ban for more than ten years.
“This has been a long time coming. We are grateful to the County Council for listening to our voters. This action will prevent injuries and loss of life and property as well as restore a sense of security and peace of mind for the people we serve,” said South County Fire Board Chair Jim Kenny.
Here is a link to the South County Fire and Rescue announcement: www.southsnofire.org/fireworks.
South County Fire and Rescue is the Snohomish County’s largest provider of fire and emergency medical services. The regional fire authority operates 14 neighborhood fire stations to serve more than 250,000 residents in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and unincorporated communities of southwest Snohomish County.
South County Fire and Rescue sought fireworks ban in areas shown in yellow. Image courtesy of South County Fire and Rescue.
Map showing Snohomish County fireworks ban in the Southwest Urban Growth Area (purple and orange). Image courtesy of Snohomish County.