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Published on Monday, February 23, 2015

Bills would restrict cities’ ability to regulate fireworks

Two bills that would restrict city and counties’ abilities to regulate fireworks are making their way through the legislature. AWC is opposed to these pieces of legislation and encourages you to voice concerns to your legislator today.

HB 1702/SB 5914, sponsored by Sen. Don Benton (R-Mt. Vista, Brush Prairie) and Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace), saw executive action taken in their respective policy committees last week.

Currently, The Washington State Patrol's director of fire protection sets minimum fire prevention standards for fireworks in Washington. Presently, for retail fireworks sales, local jurisdictions have discretion to pass more restrictive ordinances than the minimum state standards for retail fireworks sales and use. HB 1702 and SB 5914 would limit our authority to pass these stricter standards.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) adopts national technical fire prevention standards for storing, transporting and distributing fireworks. HB 1702 and SB 5914 require Washington to adopt the NFPA code 1124 for the manufacture, transportation, storage and retail sales of fireworks and pyrotechnic articles. Cities and counties that allow retail fireworks sales must comply with the 2013 NFPA code. While cities and counties may restrict the days and hours of the sale of fireworks and the types of consumer fireworks sold, local ordinances cannot conflict with the statewide standards of the NFPA code 1124.

For more information on these bills contact Candice Bock.

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