REMINDER for Burien: Fines for fireworks start at $500 and go to $5000
If you live in Burien, you might want to just keep your matches and lighters in your pocket for the Fourth of July.
The ban on fireworks in the city is serious. The new fines are $500 for the first violation, $2500 for the second violation and $5000 for the third and subsequent violations.
Not only that but they now plan to penalize any "social host" which places responsibility for the discharge of the fireworks on the "responsible party" where the discharge occurred. That includes:
The person(s) with the right to control the property at the time that the discharge of fireworks occurs, whether such control arises by ownership, lease, or other legal right and whether or not such person(s) are present at the time of such discharge; or
The person(s) in immediate control of property at which the dischaarge of fireworks takes place; or
The person(s) who organizes, supervises, sponsors, conducts, allows, controls, or controls access to the discharge of fireworks.
The City of Burien Police Department said via Twitter:
"We will have extra officers out addressing fireworks violations over the next week. With all that is going on in the world, the last thing any of our officers want to do is write $500 tickets right now. The Burien Police Department is asking for your cooperation and compliance with the City of Burien fireworks ban."
Sounds like a war zone out there. I don't know what they are doing for enforcement.