Voters in Marysville and Brier get a chance this election to say whether they want to see fireworks banned in their communities.
In each city, an advisory measure on the Nov. 3 ballot asks if an ordinance should be enacted to bar sale and use of legal fireworks year-round. The results are nonbinding and won’t change any laws but will give leaders the perspective of many of their residents.
“If the community said, ‘We don’t want fireworks anymore’, we would listen to them,” Brier City Councilwoman Kerin Steele said.
State law allows the sale of legal fireworks for use July 4 and New Year’s Eve up until 1 a.m. Jan. 1. But it also lets cities and counties enact bans within the boundaries of their jurisdiction.
Everett, Edmonds, Gold Bar, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo have done so, according to data compiled by the Washington State Patrol. Lynnwood is the most recent to act.