Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: To clarify and amend safety rules to meet the 2000 edition of the National Fire Protection Association standard #1123 for outdoor public fireworks displays shot from barges of floating vessels.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 43.43 and 70.77 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-22-104 on November 2, 2005.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Paul S. Beckley
for John R. Batiste
WAC 212-17-342 Public display -- Floating vessels and platforms. (1) Floating vessels and floating platforms shall be permitted to be manned or unmanned as long as the pyrotechnic crew remains in control of the site and firing of the display.
(2) Floating vessels and floating platforms shall be held in control at all times, whether self-propelled, controlled by another vessel, or secured by mooring or anchoring.
(3) Floating vessels and floating platforms shall be of sufficient strength and stability to safely allow the firing of the display.
(4) The types of fireworks and placement of the fireworks launch tubes and accompanying equipment shall be such that, when fired, the stability of the site structures and sea-worthiness of the floating vessels or platforms shall not be jeopardized.
(5) Floating vessels and floating platforms that are manned during electrical firing shall have a safety shelter. The safety shelter shall meet the following requirements:
(a) Be of sufficient size to accommodate all personnel present during the actual firing of the display;
(b) Have a minimum of three sides and a roof; and
(c) Have walls and a roof constructed of at least three-quarter-inch plywood or equivalent material.
(6) The minimum size for the floating vessel or floating platform for electrically fired programs that are manned shall be based upon the area for the setup of the display plus the safety area for the safety shelter.
|Exceptions:||(a) Multishot devices up to three inches in diameter shall be calculated at twice the actual footprint of each device (length x width).|
|(b) Ground display pieces shall be excluded from the calculations for minimum display set-up area.|
A display containing one hundred three-inch shells, fifty four-inch shells, twenty five-inch shells, ten six-inch shells, and five eight-inch shells would require the following minimum display set-up area.
300 + 200 + 100 + 60 + 40
700 / 2 = 350 square feet
|Exception:||If the safety shelter is constructed of stronger material, then the separation distance between mortars and the shelter shall be permitted to be reduced.|
(9) Egress paths shall be unobstructed and free of impediments.
(10) Floating platforms constructed of wood or other combustible material shall be permitted to be used as a fireworks launch vessel.
(11) Manual firing of displays shall be permitted on floating vessels and floating platforms under the following conditions:
(a) All shells shall be preloaded into mortars prior to the display;
(b) Shells shall be limited to single-break and shall not exceed six inches in diameter;
(c) The minimum size of the floating vessel or floating platform shall be twice that required for an electrically fired display;
(d) A protective barrier(s) meeting the strength requirements of three-quarter-inch plywood or equivalent shall be provided. All personnel other than the shooter(s) and operator shall be behind the barrier(s) during the display; and
(e) Electrical firing on the same vessel or platform where manual firing is used shall be in accordance with the requirements for the electrical fired display.
(12) Shells shall be loaded into mortars and in place prior to the start of a display. There shall be no reloading of any material during the display.
(13) All personnel, other than spotters of fire watch, shall be in safety shelters. Spotters and fire watch on a floating platform or floating vessel shall be behind protective barriers during the display with a minimum wall construction of three-quarter-inch plywood or equivalent material.
(14) A U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) shall be provided and available for each person on a display launched from floating vessels and floating platforms. Those PFDs shall be properly worn any time the vessel is not moored at the dock. PFDs shall have or include a visual location device.
(15) A watercraft ready and capable of providing rapid emergency response shall be present during the display.
(16) The positions of the shells or mortars on floating vessels and floating platforms from which fireworks are launched shall comply with minimum safety distance requirements as outlined in WAC 212-17-325.
(17) An operational means of communication, such as a cellular/digital telephone, marine radio, or walkie-talkie system, shall be on board manned vessels and platforms from which fireworks are being discharged.
(18) During the display only necessary personnel shall be aboard any floating vessel or floating platform.
(19) Floating vessels and floating platforms shall be free of all nonessential flammable or combustible materials.
(20) Portable power-generation equipment, motorized vehicles, and material-handling equipment deemed necessary for the performance of the display shall be permitted.