Proposed fireworks ban could put damper on sales at Tulalip stands



Posted on June 27, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 28 at 6:28 AM

SEATTLE -- Retail fireworks stands legally open across the state tomorrow.

The state fire marshal's office is sending out warnings:  Last year over 1,200 fireworks incidents were reported to his office, with over 200 injuries. More and more local cities and counties are banning fireworks altogether.

Snohomish County is considering a ban after a record $4 million in fireworks damage last year.   The Tulalip Reservation, near Marysville, is one of the few legal places left in Snohomish County to buy and light fireworks.

Members of the Tulalip Tribe have been legally selling fireworks on the reservation for about four decades, but they're concerned that the proposed fireworks ban off the reservation is giving them a bad image.

"'Boom City's' chairwoman is concerned that some inattentive fireworks users are ruining the fun of the 4th for everyone. Safety first has to be in their minds at all times," said Brenda Zackuse.

Zackuse points out safety warnings at Boomstands, a water trailer at the fireworks lighting area, and security attendants.

Bailey Moore depends on the money she earns from her Boom City fireworks stand.  She's a sophomore at Arizona State University, studying business and tourism. Fireworks sales help pay her tuition and expenses.

"Its very important,  I've been waiting for this day to come.  I've been running low (on money) so I really need it to pay for school," said Moore.

Moore is the third generation in her family to operate a fireworks stand. 

Chairwoman Zackuse has operated a stand for 38 years.  Now, her children also have their own stands.  She says her family earns about 25% of their income from fireworks. 

"Its a relief to come out here and be able to have this extra income to help out the financial needs," said Zackuse.