Jefferson County mulls fireworks ban

Public hearing set for later this month

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County commissioners are considering a possible ban of consumer fireworks during high fire danger.

A public hearing on the draft ordinance, which would repeal and replace present county code for fireworks, is planned at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 28.

No in-person attendance is allowed.

To join remotely, go to www.zoom.us/j/93777841705. To participate by phone, dial 1-253-215-8782 and enter access code 937-7784-1705.

To view the meeting live with no participation, go to www.co.jefferson.wa.us and follow the links under Quick Links: Videos of Meetings: Today.

To view documents, go to www.test.co.jefferson.wa.us/weblinkexternal.

Written public testimony may be submitted by email to [email protected] or by the postal service to Jefferson County Commissioners’ Office; PO Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Local fire officials would implement a ban if warranted during extreme dangerous fire seasons, according to the proposal, which was prompted by wildfires elsewhere in the state and nation in 2021.

If the ordinance is approved, it would not go into effect for one year from the date of approval under state law.

In the summer of 2021, the board tasked county staff to work with local fire chiefs to develop a new fireworks ordinance.

Consumer fireworks are banned in Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks and are allowed in unincorporated areas of Jefferson and Clallam counties, in accordance with state regulations.

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