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

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