July 15, 2024 7:57 pm

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Fireworks Fizzle, Safety Sizzles: Mukilteo’s Ban for Brighter Nights

MUKILTEO—The upcoming Independence Day holiday brings with it the excitement of celebration and the age-old tradition of fireworks displays. However, in Mukilteo ordinance (MMC 8.04.020) prohibits the sale, use, and discharge of fireworks within the city limits.

Glen Albright (left), Mukilteo Fire Chief and Andy Illyn (right), Mukilteo Police Chief.

The city ordinance, MMC 8.04.020, states that the use of fireworks is prohibited within Mukilteo’s city limits. This ordinance holds both residents and property owners responsible for compliance. Violations of this ordinance can result in fines and potential criminal charges for egregious or repeat offenses. It is vital for all community members to recognize the seriousness of this ordinance and the consequences of non-compliance.

The decision to ban fireworks within the city limits is rooted in the paramount concern for public safety and the well-being of our community. Fireworks, especially in a residential environment, pose significant dangers, including the risk of fires, personal injuries, and property damage. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fireworks started an estimated 12,264 fires in 2021, including 2,082 structure fires, 316 vehicle fires, and 9,866 outside and other fires. In addition to the fires, fireworks resulted in over 11,000 emergency room visits, with children aged 5-9 years old the second most likely group to be injured. These statistics underscore the real and potential hazards associated with fireworks in populated areas.

Furthermore, the negative impact on the quality of life due to the loud explosions and disturbances caused by fireworks cannot be overlooked. Pets and wildlife are particularly vulnerable to the distress caused by the noise, and veterans and individuals with sensory sensitivities also experience adverse effects. By enforcing the ban, the city aims to create a safer and more peaceful environment for all residents.

While the ban restricts individual fireworks displays, it is important to acknowledge the enjoyment and tradition associated with watching fireworks. To this end, the community is encouraged to attend one of the several public fireworks shows organized in Snohomish County. These public events provide a safe and licensed environment for residents to enjoy spectacular fireworks displays while upholding the law.

For a list of public fireworks shows in Snohomish County, please visit the City of Snohomish webpage at https://www.snohomishwa.gov/638/Fireworks.

As we approach the Independence Day holiday, the Mukilteo Police Department will have extra officers and community services officers patrolling to enforce the fireworks ban. Compliance with the ban is not only a legal obligation but also a civic responsibility that contributes to the safety and well-being of our community.

In conclusion, let us come together as a community and celebrate Independence Day safely by attending authorized public fireworks displays instead of using illegal fireworks. By doing so, we uphold the values of responsibility, safety, and respect for our neighbors. Let us embrace this opportunity to create lasting memories while ensuring the welfare of our community.

Together, let us make this Independence Day a time of joy, unity, and responsible celebration.

Sincerely,

Andy Illyn
Mukilteo Police Chief

Glen Albright
Mukilteo Fire Chief


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