Chapter 8.75
FIREWORKS AND SKY LANTERNS

(Effective until March 14, 2023)

Sections:

8.75.010    Definitions.

8.75.020    Sky lanterns prohibited.

8.75.030    Adoption and repeal of resolution finding a state of extreme fire danger.

8.75.040    Fireworks prohibited in state of extreme fire danger.

8.75.050    Acts not prohibited – Signal purposes, forest protection, etc.

8.75.060    Chapter in connection with state law.

8.75.070    Enforcement.

8.75.080    Penalty for violations.

8.75.010 Definitions.

(1) “Fireworks” means any composition or device designed to produce a visible or an audible effect by combustion, deflagration or detonation, and which meets the definition of “articles pyrotechnic” as set forth in RCW 70.77.138, or the definition of “consumer fireworks” as set forth in RCW 70.77.136, or the definition of “display fireworks” as set forth in RCW 70.77.131.

(2) “Public display” means an entertainment feature where the public is invited, admitted or permitted to view the display or discharge of display fireworks.

(3) “Sky lanterns” means any unmanned device with a fuel source that incorporates an open flame in order to make the device airborne.

(4) “Special effects,” pursuant to RCW 70.77.146, means any combination of chemical elements or chemical compounds capable of burning independently of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and designed and intended to produce an audible, visual, mechanical or thermal effect as an integral part of a motion picture, radio, television, theatrical or opera production or live entertainment.

(5) “Display fireworks” means large fireworks designed primarily for display and classified as such by the U.S. Department of Transportation, as further set forth in RCW 70.77.131.

(6) “Extreme fire danger” means a period of hot, dry weather accompanied by low fuel moistures. It is during this period that wildland fires can be expected and fire growth will be accelerated. [Ord. 12-15 § 2 (Att. A § 1)]

8.75.020 Sky lanterns prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to ignite, light or launch any sky lantern within unincorporated Jefferson County. [Ord. 12-15 § 2 (Att. A § 2)]

8.75.030 Adoption and repeal of resolution finding a state of extreme fire danger.

The county fire code official shall, after consultation with the representatives of the county’s fire districts, have authority to declare that conditions in the county constitute an extreme fire danger.

Upon a declaration by an authorized state official or the county fire code official that conditions in Jefferson County constitute an “extreme fire danger,” then the county commission by resolution may, upon any date after the effective date defined in Section 11 of the ordinance codified in this chapter, find a state of extreme fire danger.

Upon a declaration by an authorized state official or the county fire code official that conditions in Jefferson County no longer constitute an “extreme fire danger,” then the county commission by resolution may repeal its resolution finding a state of extreme fire danger. [Ord. 12-15 § 2 (Att. A § 3)]

8.75.040 Fireworks prohibited in state of extreme fire danger.

When a county commission resolution finding a state of extreme fire danger is in effect, it is unlawful for any person to sell, transfer, discharge, ignite or explode any fireworks, display fireworks or special effects within unincorporated Jefferson County.

The provisions of this section shall be applicable to the sale and use of all fireworks (as defined above) except toy paper caps containing not more than twenty-five hundredths grain of explosive compound for each cap as well as trick or novelty devices not classified as consumer fireworks. [Ord. 12-15 § 2 (Att. A § 4)]

8.75.050 Acts not prohibited – Signal purposes, forest protection, etc.

This chapter does not prohibit the use of flares or fuses in connection with the operation of motor vehicles, motor or sail vessels, or other transportation agencies for signal purposes, or use by others for emergency signal purposes, or illumination or for use in forest protection activities, or for those uses described in RCW 70.77.311. [Ord. 12-15 § 2 (Att. A § 5)]

8.75.060 Chapter in connection with state law.

This chapter is intended to augment Chapter 70.77 RCW, and shall be construed in connection with that law and any and all rules or regulations issued pursuant thereto. [Ord. 12-15 § 2 (Att. A § 6)]

8.75.070 Enforcement.

The county sheriff, or his designee, as well as the county fire marshal is authorized to enforce all provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 12-15 § 2 (Att. A § 7)]

8.75.080 Penalty for violations.

Any person violating or failing to comply with any provisions of this chapter is guilty of an infraction and subject to a fine of up to $250.00. [Ord. 12-15 § 2 (Att. A § 8)]