Clallam commissioners to hold public hearing on proposed fireworks ban

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning on proposed plans to ban fireworks countywide.

The hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. in room 160 at the Clallam County Courthouse.

The ordinance, as proposed, would make it illegal for any person to posses or use any fireworks within the unincorporated areas of Clallam County.

Anyone found violating the ordinance, if passed, could face a fine of up to $250.

Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias, who initially proposed the ban to the commissioners, was unable to be reached by phone Sunday.

Any ordinance passed by the Board of County Commissioners would not be effective until a year after enacted.

The proposed ban comes after fireworks bans in Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend. Clallam County residents have expressed concerns of fire danger and the impact fireworks have on livestock and pets.

Permits would be available for public and private fireworks displays, but one of the conditions is that all fireworks displays would be planned, organized and discharged by a licensed pyrotechnician.

When there is risk of extreme fire danger, officials could declare a prohibition against all fireworks.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].

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