Two Clallam County fire chiefs told the county commissioners Monday that they have not seen enough fires in Clallam County caused by fireworks to justify a ban.
The discussion during Monday’s work session centered around the fire danger caused by fireworks and when the county should take fire risk into consideration when re- stricting fireworks.
Officials have said they would not implement a fireworks ordinance prior to July 4 this year, meaning the earliest a fireworks ordinance could take effect is 2021. Fireworks are already banned in Sequim, Port Angeles and Port Townsend.
Ben Andrews, chief of Clallam Fire District No. 3, told commissioners that he was “struggling” to see a higher risk from fireworks than from other sources.
“Anecdotally we go on more fires from people putting briquettes in a cardboard box on their deck than we do fireworks,” Andrews said.