By Jacob Wilson/Garden Grove Journal
The people have spoken, so the people will speak. In November.
The Westminster City Council voted 4-0 to place a measure to legalize fireworks on the November ballot during a special meeting on Monday, citing heavy public pressure to lift the citywide ban on fireworks.
Westminster residents originally voted to outlaw fireworks in 1990.
Councilmember Andy Quach could not attend the meeting but had voiced his opinion at last week’s regular City Council meeting.
“The issue of fireworks is brought to our attention every year,” Quach said. “It’s time to let the voters decide.”
If it passes, the measure will repeal the total ban on fireworks and allow for the legal sale, purchase and use of so-called “safe and sane” fireworks within the city.
In other words, legal fireworks will become legal again, but illegal fireworks will remain illegal.
The language of the resolution is still being ironed out so it is not clear if fireworks will remain legal year-round or only during certain periods. Some cities restrict fireworks sales to only the weeks before July 4.
Mayor Margie Rice called for the meeting during last week’s meeting after councilmember Tyler Diep reminded the council that they needed to act fast.
“If we want to place a measure on the November ballot, we need to call for a special meeting next week,” he said.
According to city clerk Robin Roberts, the deadline to place a measure on the ballot was July 20.
Several Westminster residents had complained to the Council in recent weeks about the lack of fireworks for Independence Day.
The city had not provided the traditional public fireworks show at Westminster High School for two years due to budget woes.
for two years because of budget constraints.