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Fireworks ban will have little effect


Regarding your article on the Marysville fireworks ban; unfortunately this ban will have little effect.

The devices that were at the root of the problem were illegal by state law the second they left the reservation. The law prohibits sale, purchase, possession and discharging illegal fireworks. To give you an idea of what constitutes “illegal,” basically the rule is that if it flies or explodes it’s illegal. Anything with more than 130mg (that’s milligrams which equals .0045oz) of explosive is illegal.

There’s plenty of incentive for the city to cite offenders at $1,000 per infraction, yet they don’t. There’s no excuse for failing to enforce the law. The Tribes might not like it, but most of the rest of us would welcome it heartily.

Jack Blackwell



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