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FIREWORKS: Let county voters decide the issue

Letter by James R. Ehnborn, Graham on July 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm with 8 Comments »
July 9, 2012 2:47 pm

Independence Day is only recognized nationally as a one-day holiday on July 4. Pierce County allows people to discharge in unincorporated areas a total of 108 hours during an eight-day period. It is difficult to understand why some people need eight days to celebrate a one-day holiday.

Maybe it is time for the Pierce County Council members to listen to residents’ complaints about discharging fireworks and review the steps taken by neighboring counties.

King County allows fireworks to be discharged in unincorporated areas only on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight. In 2011, Thurston County voters approved a ban prohibiting the sale and discharge of all fireworks in 2013.

If the County Council members are reluctant to change the law, let the voters decide the issue.

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  1. Theefrinker says:

    “It is difficult for me to understand why some people need eight days to celebrate a one-day holidy”. Yeah, I agree. And I’m trying to figure out why people need over a month to celebrate a one-day holiday in the winter time.

  2. Whatever County voters decide, Joyce McDonald will over rule it. I agree with your solution, throw her out at the polls in November.

  3. igotdabombfool says:

    And if they don’t like the results, they can just redraw the borders and exclude a who group of voters.

    Funny how everybody likes to watch the fireworks, but people that want to set them off and watch them only get 1.5 hours of darkness to do so.

  4. igotdabombfool says:

    make that “a whole group of voters.”

  5. Theefrinker, I wasn’t aware that Christmas was a time to blast fireworks and let the whole neighborhood know where the idiots live. If you don’t like Christmas music, turn off the radio and don’t go to the Mall. I can’t turn a switch and stop the loud noises created by some pimply faced teenager at two o’clock in the morning. or some drunken redneck trying to impress his girl friend.

  6. I will vote for anyone who has the gonads to abolish this nonsense.

  7. Theefrinker says:

    Actually, there are plenty of indications around christmas that let people know where the idiots live, but I’ll leave that alone. And I don’t mind some christmas music, and avoid the mall year-round.

  8. whitecap says:

    James…you note that King County only allows fireworks on the 4th between 9 a.m. to midnight. Well, I hate to tell you, but if you think that ordinance has any noticeable effect on the extensive use of fireworks long before and after the 4th, you are mistaken. Even if the ordinances are on the books, there’s no effective way to enforce them. I share your pain when it comes to the prolonged use of fireworks, but as long as the illegal stuff is available on the reservations, ordinances are not going to stop their use.

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