Clay Butler, one of the main movers on achieving a ban on consumer fireworks in Bellingham, wrote the following missive on 9 December to the mayor. police chief and the city council. Perhaps some public service announcements are scheduled but we have not yet heard anything from the city.
“Mayor Linville and Members of City Council,
As I am quite sure you realize, the upcoming New Years is the first to be effected by the City's updated fireworks ordinance. In the past, consumer fireworks were a significant part of the City-wide celebration of the New Year. I am unaware of any efforts to alert the public at large of the fact that consumer fireworks are no longer allowed at New Years. Please advise. THANKS! Later . . .
The 2014 4th of July holiday was noticeably more quiet than in previous years. It remains to be seen if the New Year will bring in similar results. The city must continue its enforcement efforts or this ordinance banning consumer fireworks will fall into the dustbin of unenforced laws that linger in the Bellingham Municipal Code only to drive the citizenry to distraction for lack of action.