Fireworks law should be enforced


I am glad the U-B printed the fireworks laws for the Fourth of July holiday. However, I am concerned people who do not care about the law will either not read it or will ignore it.

For the past several years, the violations have gotten worse. I can only think this is because the violators know the law is not enforced. What are law-abiding people to do when they observe that it is not being enforced?

It does not seem to do any good to report it.

Obviously, people who do not abide by the law have no consideration for their neighbors. I live in a neighborhood where there are several of these people and when they all get going there are the loud booms about every five minutes — and this goes on for hours. It does not end at midnight.

So, I am appealing to the police to enforce the law and I hope other people will report violations as I intend to do.

Mary Kay Pinnick

Walla Walla



ImJustSayin says...

Fireworks should be banned, but won't be. The sales bring in extra tax revenue. Someone's home will have to go up in flames before any action is taken......maybe.

Posted 1 July 2013, 5:48 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

I'm usually in agreement with you but I don't think even losing a house or a life would cause further restrictions on fireworks as long as that 8.9% sales tax exists.

Posted 1 July 2013, 6:42 p.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Now, that's a wonderfull, clever conservative idea for you. Remove the sales tax from fireworks... and restrictions will follow? That's incentive enough to skyrocket (mind the punn) the sales of these things, with double the loud "booms" and higher incidence of burns and injuries. Like always, for coorporate America more sales, more benefits for the rich and powerfull. Like all pollutions, sound pollution is acceptable as long as the CEOs get the benefits, tax free!

Posted 2 July 2013, 12:58 p.m. Suggest removal

ImJustSayin says...

What in the world are you talking about?

Posted 2 July 2013, 5:48 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

I was afraid to ask in fear I might get an answer!:)

Posted 2 July 2013, 7:06 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

I thought I was the only one who thought fireworks should be banned.
I expect one day y neighbors who set up chairs , get very drunk then shoot off everything imaginable will start someone's home on fire. Worse, injure a kid.
I have never seen a police vehicle in our neighborhood and this goes on year after year. I don't think most of these fire works are safe and sane......what ever the hell that means. Sorry I'm a bit of a party pooper when it comes to flying projectiles launched into the air by those consuming way to much alcohol.

Posted 2 July 2013, 10:39 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

I don't know if they still sell cherry bombs or sizzling missiles but those two are a couple of the most dangerous pieces that I have seen. I have a couple of friends that tried to light a short fused cherry bomb and then to the doctors office to sew up a partial finger.

Posted 3 July 2013, 6:15 a.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

By your statement I believe you're in favor of banning fireworks altogether. Is this correct?

Posted 3 July 2013, 8:36 a.m. Suggest removal

tpeacock says...

' I have a couple of friends that tried to light a short fused cherry bomb'
Where do you suppose they went wrong? Perhaps you could have used your military background (I am assuming your moniker is factual) to school these folks on proper handling of explosives.
Seems to me that improper training and handling techniques are the real culprits here, not the fireworks, especially in the hands and control of those of us who know to respect these devices; much like weapons.

Posted 16 July 2013, 10:43 a.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

tpeacock - my moniker is factual (been that way for multiple years) but as I stated I didn't know if they still sold those items but it was in my teens when we used them and of course I wouldn't admit that it was the brightest thing to be doing.

Posted 16 July 2013, 11:47 a.m. Suggest removal

chicoli says...

Kenconpat, either banned them altogether ( which I doubt will happened) or triple the sales tax on them. I believe sales will fall dramatically. With the tax collected we could pay for part of the cost of police vigilance, fire control and for treatment for burn injuries. Less fireworks, less noise pollution. I hate to be a Tea Party pooper 'cause they hate taxes sooo much!

Posted 3 July 2013, 8:19 a.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

Honestly, I think fireworks for our nations birthday is fine in a controlled situation. Still these are potentially a danger. Truthfully I did enjoy the awesome displays I've seen from The Space Needle, New Years and the 4th; over Lake Union,(Seattle) and up in Vancouver BC over The Bay near the West End Neighborhood. Gorgeous!
But backyard, street stuff and know-it-all peoples type of fireworks should be banned. They are just plain to combustible and again, most often lit by humans that are 'lit' too!

Posted 3 July 2013, 2:51 p.m. Suggest removal

Cowboy01 says...

Why don't we just ban the 4th of July altogether so people can stop complaining about it. I remember when I was a kid and enjoyed the fireworks the family did at home. But yes due to stupid people, once again it will get ruined for everyone else. I think the point is more to be responsible and not an idiot. But that seems very hard for some people so I guess we will all be punished for the actions of a few.

Posted 3 July 2013, 9:04 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

I know that everyone would be VERY surprised to find out how many actual fires are caused by fireworks in this area.... Not very many.... I called last year and it is less than anybody realizes.

Posted 3 July 2013, 9:40 p.m. Suggest removal

wwguy7 says...


On an average, that might be true. This was a bad year though. Very hot and dry makes for dangerous conditions. Did you see the marina in Seattle that had 14 boats burn up, due to a firework? Scary stuff.

Posted 5 July 2013, 8:45 a.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Yes, the fire departments were busy this year.... BUT, lets keep it in perspective, We are talking about regulating WW Valley not Seattle.

Posted 5 July 2013, 4:21 p.m. Suggest removal

tpeacock says...

For those who continually bemoan the loss of freedoms in our Country, here's one more that folks have been working on for a while now. I realize there are, unfortunately, those who have absolutely no business with any type of firework, but to call for a total ban, especially when opining about potential troubles caused by them is ridiculous!
How can you folks even get in a car or any other mode of transportation? History shows that many have been killed and/or seriously injured in accidents, why don't we ban all forms of transportation? Well, because that is ludicrous! That's buying into the Chicken Little 'The sky is falling' mode of thinking.
We can't fix or control stupid, but we can quit further adding to it!

Posted 16 July 2013, 10:53 a.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Great entry..................

Posted 16 July 2013, 4:46 p.m. Suggest removal

ImJustSayin says...

Seriously? You're going to equate doing away with fireworks to losing our freedom?

Driving ones car is a vital activity in our lives. Fireworks.....hardly.

Posted 17 July 2013, 6:47 a.m. Suggest removal

Jo99362 says...

Pretty sure there are a lot of people in Walla Walla who do not subscribe to the newspaper to even know what the rules are about fireworks. Yes, you can report your neighbors setting off illegal fireworks, but it's up to the police department to do something about it, such as, get city council to raise the fines to deter the behavior. There are only so many cops who are able to answer every single call, but it has to start from somewhere for them to track how many calls that they actually get.

Posted 17 July 2013, 3:47 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

While I cannot speak for tpeacock, I do have these un-popular observations:

If a few cars are involved in accidents, and 99.99% of cars (nowhere close to hard stats) are NOT involve in accidents, you are correct, we cannot expect to outlaw cars. Even though there are Millions of dollars more damage and many deaths each day by motor vehicles.

In that same vein of thought, If a few individual fireworks (the actual fireworks) are involved in causing property damage, why outlaw all of these items? The thousands of dollars spent on fireworks per year, is a huge amount of money, tax money that is used for all of our use, although most fireworks are sold in the County and CP, giving them most of the tax money, money they use to fix streets, potholes, and other infrastructure. Why do we want to do away with this income? Why not hold the people who set these fireworks off a little more accountable, say fines for littering if there is a mess left unchecked.

We also need to remember, a lot of these fire calls were permanent non-damage calls. Also, the paid/full time staff at all three big departments (CP, WW, Dist4) are on staff 24 hours a day, and the volunteer staff are paid very minimal. So there was very minimal paid out, not much more than any other summer Evening.

As for doing away with our fireworks, Yes, I am equating losing a little amount of our freedom with losing fireworks! A very few people are really making a lot of noise (pun intended) when most of the people enjoy this little bit of fun this freedom gives. The evidence of this is the amount of sales versus the amount of complaints City Hall receives each year. It is only the WW city leaders that caved to the percentage of complaints, while CP and the County are still allowing these "Evil" things on more days, with less restrictions, thus receiving more money in taxes. I know every time I go to a fireworks stand, I have to wait in long lines, and while I am there I observe what is a hot item being sold this year. As well as watch how much people spend on the items that are hot. It is truly amazing amount of money spent.

Posted 17 July 2013, 5:57 p.m. Suggest removal

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