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April 29, 2021
SEATTLE (AP) — The King County Council has narrowly voted to ban fireworks in unincorporated areas.
The ban, which passed with a 5-4 vote Tuesday, prohibits the retail sale and use of consumer fireworks in the unincorporated parts of the county, KING 5 reported. The ban will go into effect in 2022.
Public firework displays will be allowed with a permit from the fire marshal — with a limit of displays to two per year on a property. Penalties of up to $250 for violating the new law will not be given during the first year, during which educating people about the new law will be the priority.
According to South King County Fire & Rescue, more than 77% of county residents already live within city limits that have banned fireworks.
The ordinance also asks that county officials study and recommend how to provide unarmed, non-police enforcement of the law.