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"No fireworks ban, fire marshal says"

"The only fireworks restrictions Fourth of July merry makers will have Wednesday are those they put on themselves, according to Deputy Kitsap County Fire Marshal Jeannie Vaughn.The state fire marshal's office called for voluntary restrictions, rather than impose a total ban on fireworks for the holiday, said Vaughn. The Kitsap County Fire Chiefs Association passed a resolution in April supporting a countywide ban on the sale of fireworks from June 28 through July 6. The Kitsap County ban also would have barred discharge of fireworks during the 12-hour period it usually is allowed, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on July 4.But Vaughn said the county's restrictions on discharging fireworks already are more stringent than the state's, which also allow use of legal fireworks on July 3.The more restrictive (local) ordinances take precedence over the state's, said Karen Jones, in charge of fireworks safety for the state fire marshal's office.The only fireworks restrictions Fourth of July merry makers will have Wednesday are those they put on themselves, according to Deputy Kitsap County Fire Marshal Jeannie Vaughn.The state fire marshal's office called for voluntary restrictions, rather than impose a total ban on fireworks for the holiday, said Vaughn. The Kitsap County Fire Chiefs Association passed a resolution in April supporting a countywide ban on the sale of fireworks from June 28 through July 6. The Kitsap County ban also would have barred discharge of fireworks during the 12-hour period it usually is allowed, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on July 4.But Vaughn said the county's restrictions on discharging fireworks already are more stringent than the state's, which also allow use of legal fireworks on July 3.The more restrictive (local) ordinances take precedence over the state's, said Karen Jones, in charge of fireworks safety for the state fire marshal's office. "

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