June 2011 annexation by the City of Kirkland means one thing to fireworks fans this Fourth of July:
Light 'em if you've got 'em
The City is receiving inquiries about the use, sale and discharge of fireworks in the annexation area. As you may know, the annexation does not take effect until June 1, 2011. King County regulations are in effect until then. The County’s fireworks regulations are:
Fireworks may be discharged only on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight. Fireworks sales are legal beginning at noon on June 28 until 11 p.m. and then daily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. through July 4. No sales can occur after July 4. To purchase fireworks you must be at least 16 years of age with picture identification. A fireworks permit is required for a temporary stand/tent. The City of Kirkland prohibits the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks. According to state law, Kirkland’s ban would not take effect until a year after annexation occurs. However, King County adopted an ordinance banning fireworks in the Annexation Area as of June 28, 2011. You can view the ordinance in Legisearch on the Council web site: http://mkcclegisearch.kingcounty.gov/custom/king/legislation.htm, search 2010-0350.
This Independence Day will likely go out with a bang in Kirkland's annexation area as it will be the last one in which personal use of fireworks will be legal. The City of Kirkland's a city-wide ban on the use of fireworks will be in effect in next year, leaving this Fourth of July the last chance for the 33,000 residents of the annexation area to legally use fireworks. Next year your sparklers will be verboten.
Since the City no longer funds the downtown Kirkland fireworks and bans the personal use of fireworks, this year could be the last for bombs bursting in air.
Many in the annexation area will welcome the change as the booms and whistles of the safe and sane fireworks are not appreciated by all. The incidents of accidental fires and burn injuries are always in the news around the Fourth of July. If you do plan to celebrate the Fourth with fireworks, have fun, be safe and look after your pets.
Don't forget that this year's biggest display of fireworks in town will be at Marina Park. For details, visit: http://www.celebratekirkland.org/