Fireworks in Tumwater

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Fireworks Measure:  April 24, 2018 Special Election

An initiative petition was recently submitted to the City of Tumwater by Citizens for Legal Fireworks. The petition included a proposed ordinance for Council or voter approval.  The proposed ordinance, if adopted, would repeal the City's existing Ordinance No. O2016-034 that prohibits the sale, possession, and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times within the Tumwater City limits.

The City Council adopted an ordinance to prohibit fireworks in December 2016, in accordance with an advisory vote by Tumwater residents favoring a citywide fireworks ban.

Once the initiative petition is verified by the County Auditor, the State requires the City Council to take immediate action. In this instance the two options before the Council were to either adopt the proposed ordinance  - which will repeal the existing fireworks ban - or place the Initiative on the ballot for voter consideration.

The City Council took action at the January 2, 2018 meeting to place Initiative No.1 on the April 24, 2018 Special Election Ballot.

Tumwater Initiative No. 1 concerns the rights of residents to buy, possess. and discharge fireworks allowed by state law. This measure would permit the sale, possession, and discharge of those fireworks allowed by state law (repealing Ordinance number O2016-034), restrict the number of permits issued to sell fireworks, set the dates of sale of fireworks from June 28 through July 4th, and allow the City Council to restrict (but not eliminate entirely) the hours of fireworks use during periods of extreme fire danger. 

Voters will be asked to vote yes or no, should this measure be enacted into law?

Members Needed for Initiative Committees

Election regulations require the City of Tumwater to appoint members to committees for ballot measures like this initiative. The City is seeking individuals to serve on "for” and “against” committees for the fireworks measure that will appear on the April 24, 2018 ballot.

FOR: Committee members will advocate approval of Initiative No. 1
AGAINST: Committee members will advocate rejection of Initiative No. 1

Each committee will be responsible for writing statements for the voters’ pamphlet related to the initiative. Statements for the voters’ pamphlet are due to the Thurston County Auditor by March 2, 2018. The committees will be provided a copy of the instructions, specifications, and deadlines for all statements and will be responsible for working with the Thurston County Auditor’s Office. The City does not provide any staffing for the committees.

If you would like to be considered for appointment to a committee, please submit a letter of interest with your name, address, telephone number, and email address; indicate which committee (for or against) you are interested in; and explain why you would like to serve as a committee member. Submit your letter of interest to:

City of Tumwater, Attn: City Clerk
Initiative No. 1 Committees
555 Israel Road SW
Tumwater WA  98501

Letters may also be sent by email to or by fax to 360-754-4138. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

According to County Auditor rules, no more than three persons may be appointed to each committee; however, a committee may seek advice from other persons. The Council anticipates appointing committee members during the February 20, 2018 regular Council meeting. 

For additional information, please contact Melody Valiant, City Clerk, 360-252-5488.

2016 Council Adoption of Ordinance to Prohibit Fireworks

At their regular meeting on December 6, 2016, the Tumwater City Council adopted Ordinance No. O2016-034, prohibiting the sale, possession, and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times within the Tumwater City limits. In accordance with State law, the effective date of the ordinance will be one year after its passage and publication.

This action followed an advisory vote of the citizens of Tumwater on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot in support of prohibiting the sale and discharge of fireworks within the City of Tumwater at all times of the year with the exception of public displays and the sale, use and discharge of small trick and novelty devices. 

View election results for Advisory Proposition No. 1 on the Thurston County Auditor's Office website. 

More about the 2016 Fireworks Advisory Vote