CLALLAM COUNTY – A draft fireworks ordinance for Clallam County, has now been posted on the County website and, at least for starters, calls for an outright ban of both the purchase and discharge of all types of fireworks.

Commissioner Mark Ozias:

 

Ozias says letters have been sent to the County Fire Marshall, all of the Fire Chiefs, and the four Tribal Governments, asking for their input. The public is also encouraged to weigh-in at the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday June 19TH at 10:30.

Ozias acknowledges that the draft, as written, might not look at all like the finished product:

 

25 thoughts on “Countywide Fireworks Ban Proposed

  1. It’s sad, but after a lifetime of loving everything about that holiday, I can say with age, I dread it a bit now, imagine how the elderly, vets with ptsd and millions of pets must feel, I think it’s time

  2. We have lit fireworks off for years in the county. We didn’t start fires or cause damage. This is a one day a year we Look forward to our family and friends getting together for this occasion. I think the nay sayers can live with one noisey night and let others enjoy their festivities.
    Many fireworks stands are fund raisers for groups. This would be sad to take that away from those trying to raise money for their projects.

  3. You say that you have only received complete ban comments? Every person that I have spoken with on the subject is appalled and upset by the idea. How many of the people that responded to you were senior citizens? People with families? And why a ban? My 5 yr old great grandson told me the idea is just stupid nana!

  4. I am against a fireworks ban! instead of taking away traditions why not apply your time as commisioners to doing something about the heroin epidemic instead of taking away more from us. I guess instead of lighting fireworks for forth of july kids could get free needles from county health department or just pick up dirty ones from the county parks and playground and shoot heroin

  5. I feel county wide is pretty harsh, we as a family look forward to going to the beach to shoot off our fireworks, as do many others camped.. We clean up after ourselves, as not everybody does.. If you outlaw them, then people will just shoot them illegally. Cities or towns
    maybe, but not county, my opinion..

  6. I think that we shouldn’t have a ban. I and everyone that I have known in port angeles for 28yrs of my life have always been responsible fire work goers. This would take away from the holiday celebration let alone its tourist season and will take away from sales for a lot of businesses. No body wants to go to a place that has bans. And what if our own towns people decide to take their holiday else where to a place that doesn’t have a band. Something to think about.

  7. I strongly disagree with the idea of a county wide ban on fireworks. This is something that families look forward to all year and rightfully so. It’s the day of our nations independence. A very important day. A day that for the last couple hundred years has been celebrated with fireworks.Everyone participating understands that there is an amount of danger involved. While there may be a small amount of accidents that occur, the great majority “play safe”. Do not take away the the fun and patriotism from all to protect the few.

  8. I agree it is already much too dry for fireworks this year. We are asking for forest fires and home losses for beast and human if we put them off when it is so dry. It would be Inexcusable Inexcusable behavior.

  9. I think its sad that everyone has to face a ban because you can’t fix stupid….What ever happened to our rights as American citizens…Gun control wont fix stupid either there will always be thise that disobey the laws and those that will follow…Fireworks can purchased on any reservation and we are surrounded by them from every direction there will be those that still purchase them take them up into the hills and light them off in fact I could almost garanter this would cause more forest fires….

  10. I think its sad that everyone has to face a ban because you can’t fix stupid….What ever happened to our rights as American citizens…Gun control wont fix stupid either there will always be those that disobey the laws and those that will follow…Fireworks can be purchased on any reservation and we are surrounded by them from every direction there will be those that still purchase them take them up into the hills and light them off in fact I could almost guarantee this would be cause for more forest fires….

  11. It seems so unamerican to take away fireworks. It used to be one of my favorite holidays and some of my best memories are bbqing, lighting fireworks with not only my family but with all the neighbors. It brought the whole neighborhood together. Please do not ban fireworks. And I hope you take the ban off of city limits too. Let’s keep the fun going and give our kids something to remember.

  12. I believe a controlled display of fireworks properly operated would give the county a means to appease the public. Of course illegal displays of fireworks would still be an arrest able offence. Perhaps a large show at a predetermined point would allow viewing for miles. A barge in the straight?

  13. Terrible idea. Life is stressful. People need fun/relief.

    Make some laws to ‘make it safer’; don’t restrict it altogether. At least not on holidays.

    Sincerely,
    Donna

  14. I think that it would be nice if the county would consider offering a safe place for families to perhaps pic-nic and set off their fireworks on the 4th instead of outright banning them. The only people that lose out are law abiding citizens. People who do not obey the law are going to set fireworks off anyway. There are community booster organizations that help support themselves through selling fireworks. Our children continually grow up with less freedoms than we enjoyed as children. They also lose the opportunity to learn how to handle situations and events responsibility because we make everything illegal. Families end up being told how they celebrate the 4th by the government and I do believe at some point lawmakers need to realize there are idiots, there always will be idiots, and laws don’t stop idiots. Yet, they do continually take joy and freedoms from law abiding citizens who work hard to pay their taxes. You shouldn’t be forcing families to go to your overpriced events when perhaps the only thing a family can really afford is a box of sparklers.

  15. Always looking for new revenue generating sources if you ask me. This is about our Fourth of July and our Freedom to celebrate it the way we choose to which has always been with BBQ’s and Fireworks first our little displays then the big ones the City/County put on or vice versa depending on how I as an Individual or how “WE THE PEOPLE” see fit to celebrate OUR NATIONAL HOLIDAY. I seems the more laws they create the more they inhibits my freedom as a Citizen of these United States of America.

  16. Thank you for listening. We can watch the fireworks display at the city pier. Too many people have been injured by fireworks for no purpose.

  17. Im all for the band. But I also want the police to do something when called about them going off! Band is good if we hqve the power to do it!

  18. We have celebrated 4th of July with fireworks as long as I can remember to take away that would be horrible. Taking procautions as people with farms and big yards to keep their grass wet during this time would be a better solution. It is not fair to the rest of Clallam county to suffer because of a few people with farms and acres.

  19. For the benefit of those citizens in our county who find Independence Day necessary to celebrate with the use of Fireworks, I think it would be wise to select boundaries of the county where the use of fireworks is permitted. This would allow all parties to be aware of areas to either avoid or gather depending on their preference and give law enforcement and EMS officials an easier ability to act in a predictive manner.

  20. I personally think it’s crap. There are much bigger issues to focus on then people celebrating our Independence. What about the war on drugs, homelessness? Seriously? This is what they are worrying about. The one time of year we get to celebrate with our families like we’ve done for so many years. No wonder this community is a mess. Keep taking away the things families do together. So sick of this towns lack of good leadership.

  21. Good luck stopping me my property my air over my house I do what I want I am very tired of having somebody else weighing on stuff that is done on my property won’t happen

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