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Novelty Lighter Sales in Yakima Could be Extinguished

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YAKIMA, Wash - Local business owners were called out Thursday night to learn how dangerous novelty lighters can be.  Also to be informed on a possible city ordinance that would ban them from being sold in Yakima.

Staff at the Yakima Fire Department asked over 60 retailers to come to the meeting.  However, there were many empty seats at Fire Station Five.  Only one business owner showed up.

Deputy Fire Marshal Ron Melcher showed the crowd, of one, novelty lighters he has collected over the years.  

He says they get the attention of kids and makes for a dangerous situation if they get a hold of them

The one business owner at the meeting runs Roy's Hardware in yakima.

"I'm not in favor of a ban or legislation, most of it should be done voluntarily. We'll do our part, but if that [an ordinance] is what it takes, we'll abide with what the city council says," says Brad Christianson owner of Roy's hardware.

Christianson explained he sells novelty lighters, but they don't make or break his sales.

The ordinance could be voted on by the city council December 11th and go into effect 30 days later.