Pasco Council removes 22 year-old ban on fireworks
PASCO, Wash. -- At a city council meeting on Monday evening, council members approved a new ordinance unanimously that would allow the sale, and use, of fireworks within the city limits.
City leaders said Pasco, along with Franklin County and the City of Kennewick, passed the ordinances prohibiting the use of personal fireworks in 1996.
The ordinance was originally passed 22 years ago due to a significant amount of wildfires and structure fires during the firework sale period, from June 28 to July 5.
City staff voted to allow limited "Consumer Use Fireworks" in Pasco, to help prevent customers from purchasing unsafe fireworks from outside the city, for use in the city.
Leaders expressed the ban has not been effective and limiting the amount of possible violations would allow police to address serious fireworks violations and other emergencies.
The selling of certain fireworks would be allowed within city limits as soon as this June.
Grigg's Hardware is planning on being a vendor of fireworks within Pasco.