Elected officials should enforce a zero-tolerance ban on personal fireworks | Letter

Another New Year’s Eve and Independence Day has gone by and our elected officials in Bothell have yet to follow the banning of fireworks like our neighboring cities to ban fireworks for personal.(tinyurl.com/3p2mdd3)

There are very few that play by the rules regarding the restrictions on the personal use of fireworks. On July 4, shortly after midnight and at 3 a.m. on July 5, there were several instances of fireworks being discharged in Bothell.

Kenmore’s ban is a zero-tolerance law and anyone possessing or discharging fireworks will be arrested and the fireworks confiscated. Fireworks offenses are misdemeanors with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine (bothell-reporter.com, July 3).

The majority of fireworks users do whatever they please with a total disregard of their neighbors and also animals, homes and vehicles, leaving debris and damage for us to clean up and possibly make repairs.

I am not saying that the tradition of fireworks should be banned as there are many professional fireworks shows in our state that are very entertaining and much more impressive for the whole family to enjoy. I enjoy these shows myself with friends and family.

I encourage our neighbors to help push our elected officials to enforce a zero-tolerance ban on the use of personal fireworks in all areas not just Bothell.

Thank you for listening.

Tom Dowd,

Bothell

More in Letters to the Editor

Not too late to prevent more deaths | Letter

Thank you for the recent article in the Feb. 5 edition of… Continue reading

What about inequality? | Letter

One drawback with having so much of the media controlled by billionaires… Continue reading

Funding solution | Letter

Easy way to get rid of King County funding struggles: get rid… Continue reading

Country Village is a wonderful place | Letter

Is anyone still outraged by the soon-to-be destruction of Country Village? I… Continue reading

Thank you Rep. DelBene | Letter

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act has just… Continue reading

A missed opportunity | Letter

Your article (“Let’s talk about race,” Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Dec. 14) missed an… Continue reading

Protecting your packages | Letter

Regarding the article on package porch pirates (Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Nov. 30), there… Continue reading

Kudos to the postmaster | Letter

I used to dread going to the Bothell Post Office. It was… Continue reading

Washington State Stadium | Letter

“Washington State Stadium” — a publicly named stadium — will promote local… Continue reading

Work toward a cleaner future | Letter

I recognize that climate change is the No. 1 threat to the… Continue reading

One way to address homelessness | Letter

Why is Seattle’s homelessness problem getting worse not better? Some people are… Continue reading

Mental illness in teens | Letter

Who here enjoys high school, Secondary Academy for Success aside? Of course… Continue reading