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Advisory Vote No. 1
Sale, Possession, and Discharge of Consumer Fireworks Within the City of Duvall

The Duvall City Council is calling for an advisory election to determine whether the sale, possession, and discharge of consumer fireworks should be prohibited within the city limits of Duvall. The prohibition of the sale, possession or discharge of consumer fireworks would not affect properly licensed and permitted public displays of fireworks.

Shall the sale, possession and discharge of consumer fireworks be prohibited within the city limits of Duvall?



The Duvall Municipal Code currently allows consumer fireworks to be sold and purchased from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. on June 28th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on each day from June 29th through July 4th and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on July 5th only. Consumer fireworks may only be discharged between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on July 4th.

The Duvall City Council has heard many conflicting opinions from citizens as to whether the sale, possession, and discharge of fireworks should be totally banned within the City at all times of the year. In order to obtain a definitive public opinion, the Council has placed Advisory Vote No. 1 on the ballot for voter action. The vote is advisory only. If the City Council decides to enact an ordinance banning the sale, possession, and discharge of fireworks during all times of the year, the ban will become effective one year from the date the ordinance is passed. If the Council decides not to enact a ban, the current restrictions on consumer fireworks will continue to apply.

Public displays of fireworks, such as the City’s fireworks shows that occasionally occur during Duvall Days, are subject to strict inspection and permitting regulations. Advisory Vote 1 will have no effect on properly licensed and permitted public displays of fireworks.

For questions about this measure, contact: Matthew Morton, City Administrator, 425-788-1185,

Fireworks sales in the city of Duvall were illegal until three years ago. The previous ordinance was overturned by the mayor and city council of Duvall as a personal favor to an organization. While city law provides that the use of personal fireworks is only legal from 9 AM until 11 PM on July 4th, those who live in Duvall deal with the noise and property damage of legal and illegal fireworks for several days before and after July 4, New Year’s Eve, and multiple other days per year.

Duvall is one of the few cities in Western Washington featuring urban density housing that still allows personal fireworks. Personal fireworks cause problems for pets, veterans and others with PTSD, those with autism, and random property damage. People who live elsewhere are now descending on Duvall each July 4th with their fireworks, which creates undue strain on the Duvall Police Department and Duvall Fire 45. Fundraising for a group of less than 100 people should not supersede the health and safety of 7700 citizens.

The Founding Fathers managed to celebrate Independence Day without lighting half a stick of dynamite. Let’s make July 4th accessible for all in Duvall.

Vote No On Advisory Vote 1!

A majority of Duvall’s citizens who choose to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, do so legally and responsibly. The instances of people using illegal fireworks would not change with a ban. In fact, we’d probably see an increase in the use of illegal fireworks. The illegal fireworks would still be brought into our community and used, while law-abiding citizens would be the ones being punished.

Instead, a no vote would give the city time to draft new legislation with stricter regulations as to the use of fireworks. New legislation could include language that would allow the Fire Chief to temporarily ban the use of fireworks during years of drought, for example.

Every year, Duvall nonprofit community groups raise needed funds by selling State Approved, Safe and Sane Fireworks for the 4th of July. These funds are then reinvested in the community.

Vote No on Advisory Vote 1. We don’t need more illegal fireworks in our community.

Vote Yes on Advisory Vote #1!

It isn’t a matter of “legal” or “illegal” fireworks in Duvall. They all make noise, cause disturbance and damage property year-round. There’s also undue strain on Duvall PD and Duvall Fire 45. We shouldn’t have to wait for the City Council to draft “stricter regulations” for fireworks use, or negotiate with those who’ve shown they refuse to obey the existing ordinance. Please vote Yes.

Submitted by: Rob Walker, Julie Revell Benjamin, Susan Bemis,

A ban on fireworks will only encourage people to circumvent the law, rather than abide by it. Regulating the sale, possession and use is more effective than an outright ban and can be adapted to changing social needs, while still allowing the citizens of Duvall to enjoy the "rockets' red glare."

Submitted by: Veronika Williams, Liz Hill,



For questions about this measure, contact: Matthew Morton, City Administrator, 425-788-1185,


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