Lynnwood fireworks ban to take effect in 2015

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 8:01 AM

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- More and more cities are banning Fourth of July fireworks sales for safety reasons. That is the case in Lynnwood where city council voted for a ban last month that is set to go into effect in 2015.

Ted Hikel, who served on the city council for 20 years, is now the chair of the Lynnwood Citizens for Fireworks and Freedom. The group wants to collect 2,700 signatures from registered Lynnwood voters so the issue can be placed on the ballot.

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According to city council president Loren Simmonds, residents have raised concerns about fireworks, especially illegal ones, being set off in their neighborhoods every year for at least the last 10 years.

But Hikel claims a small group of people are bringing about this big change.

"I think anytime that a council doesn’t listen to the people, doesn’t really go out and ask the people, but reacts to a small number of people who come and complain, they are not serving the community well," said Hikel.

Simmonds said, "the elected officials have been elected to make decisions, and the reality is we made a decision and the majority thought was in the best interest of the community and we have stuck by that."

The council president added that Lynnwood has become a "magnet" for fireworks since nearby cities banned the activity years ago. Simmonds pointed out the celebrations leave behind everything from litter to serious property damage.

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