KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Lighting a sparkler in Bellingham will get you a $250 minimum fine starting next June.
The Bellingham City Council last night approved a complete ban on the sale and use of all fireworks that will take effect in one year.
Bellingham resident David Harris says everyone should be able to celebrate the Fourth of July in peace and quiet.
Liz Lisicich says fireworks aren’t going to go away.
Councilmember Terry Bornemann says the city already has laws against the big fireworks that most people have a problem with, but those laws were not enforced.
Council members Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Cathy Lehman and Stan Snapp voted in favor of the fireworks ban.
Deputy Police Chief Mark Gill says it will cost an estimated $7,600 in Police overtime pay to enforce the ban next year.