I was saddened at the May 7 news story regarding the young man who lost his life from a fireworks accident. (“Ban on fireworks gets personal”). I admire the courage of the mother who fights to change the law. However, she may find that changing the law does nothing to change the issue. Fireworks of any kind have been outlawed in the city of Everett for several years. The fines can be as high as $1,000. No one cares. Every year, it continues. Fireworks can be heard as early as a week before the 4th of July. Throughout my north Everett neighborhood, it sounds like a war zone.
I have called the Everett Police Department and also spoken to several of the police officers. To my knowledge, they have yet to fine anyone for the possession or use of fireworks. I have written to your paper on many occasions – once, about the number of fireworks injuries coming into Providence hospital. Absolutely no mention was made that fireworks are illegal in this city. Not just certain ones, but all fireworks. Is that so difficult to understand? Why then, do we listen and watch as children and their parents continue to play with these dangerous toys year after year?
My heart goes out to this courgeous Mom. Unfortunately, Marysville would be less likely to enforce the law than Everett. The Tulalip reservation makes a fortune every year selling fireworks.