The city of Aberdeen last night did not ban fireworks after a special meeting of the city council. Mayor Bill Simpson said they took public comment during the meeting, which was mostly against the ban.
While the city could ban fireworks in an emergency situation, without a declaration from Governor Jay Inslee, city attorney Eric Nelson wasn’t certain the conditions were met for a ban.
Simpson said it was too late to ban fireworks this year by ordinance, the council said that they will discuss the idea next year.
Washington RCW 70.77.250 says “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.”
(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.
Simpson said they are asking Aberdeen residents to be extremely cautious and responsible with their legal fireworks in city limits this year