Langley fireworks ban now in effect

Councilmembers voted against shells, smoke bombs, sparklers and their ilk last spring in a 4-1 vote.

Langley City Council members are hoping for quiet skies above the Village by the Sea this year now that a fireworks ban within city limits has gone into effect.

Councilmembers put the kibosh on shells, smoke bombs, sparklers and their ilk last spring in a 4-1 vote. Councilmember Thomas Gill was the only nay vote to the ban after asking his peers to consider banning only certain fireworks he deemed more disruptive.

Councilmember Craig Cyr asked staff during Monday night’s meeting to send a notice to property owners, namely vacation rental property owners, about the change ahead of July 4 celebrations. Staff replied that they had already sent out flyers to businesses about the new ban but could send out notices again.

Police Chief Donald Lauer said officers would only issue warnings this year unless those lighting pyrotechnics refused to stop. The city’s ordinance carries a fine of $50 on the first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense.

Lauer said officers would ask a person to leave Langley and go somewhere else where the pyrotechnics are welcome, such as Freeland. Langley residents should call 911 if they see or hear fireworks going off so officers can respond, Lauer said.

Fireworks are only allowed from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 3-5 in unincorporated areas of Island County, except on the holiday when revelers have until midnight to light off displays.

However, fireworks can be banned in unincorporated areas of the county if the Island County sheriff declares a Type II burn ban.

Celebrators in Coupeville can only set off fireworks from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

Those in Oak Harbor have more opportunities for the dazzling displays. People can light “safe and safe” fireworks from 9 a.m.-11 p.m on June 28-July 5, except on July 4 when the fun continues until midnight. Oak Harbor will also host a fireworks show at Windjammer Park this year.

More in News

Photo provided
This plaque was removed from Deception Pass bridge during painting. Anyone with information about how to reach the family of Todd A. Kelly should reach out to Jason Armstrong.
Park seeks to return plaques

The plaques were apparently placed as memorials for Brian R. Rudolph and Todd A. Kelly.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, center, greets a new trooper during a graduation ceremony, as Gov. Jay Inslee looks on in the Rotunda at the Capitol Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. The class of 31 troopers completed more than 1,000 hours of training and will now work for the WSP across the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Rather than get vaccine, nearly 2,000 state workers lose jobs

Ten troopers north of Seattle, 54 Monroe prison workers and hundreds more across the state refused the governor’s mandate.

Man accused of assaulting woman, stealing phone, calling to threaten her

A Langley man is being held in jail on a $25,000 bail bond and facing a long list of charges.

Tiny House group bemoans big connection fees

Members of an affordable housing project tried to secure a discount for fees it already paid.

Langley city council ponders salary increases

Langley City Council members were divided on the topic of salary increases for the mayor and staff.

Photo by Dean Petrich
Ferry twice stalled by wayward watercraft

The ferry was already behind schedule when a small boat capsized near the Clinton terminal’s dock.

Council looks to state rep for help with ferry woes

State Rep. Dave Paul was invited to a Langley city council meeting to speak about recent ferry cuts.

Service temporarily restored to Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route

Despite major slashes, the first weekend of an abridged ferry schedule saw some pleasant surprises.

Tides presentation set for Oct. 20

Phyllis Woolwine, president of Shearwater University, will deliver a presentation Oct. 20.

Most Read