Fireworks on sale although the dump in Clark County is limited


The Reflector

The July 4 fireworks went on sale June 28 across much of the county, though their extinguishment was limited to Independence Day alone by county code.

“Even though the fireworks are offered for sale beginning June 28, remember they are not permitted for use until July 4,” said Clark County Fire Marshal Dan Young, in a press release.

Residents can use fireworks in unincorporated Clark County from 9 a.m. to midnight Monday, July 4.

Vancouver has completely banned fireworks within its city limits, and the rules vary in other cities in the county. According to the county’s website, Ridgefield’s rejection ban is the same as the county’s. At Battle Ground, dumping is only permitted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3 and from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4. The Center also authorizes discharge over two days. Fireworks can be set off from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 3 and from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

Yacolt has the widest outing allowance in Clark County, running from 9 a.m. to midnight June 29 through July 4 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 5.

Illegal use of fireworks, such as firing them at times when they are not permitted or using prohibited types, is punishable by a $500 civil fine for first-time offenders in Clark County.

More information on permitted hours for fireworks and types not permitted is available online at clark.wa.gov/community-development/fireworks. The interactive map on the website also allows the public to quickly determine fireworks usage rules based on an address anywhere in the county. Every location selling fireworks in the county is required to post signage indicating when fireworks can legally be used.

The Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency has established this phone number to report nuisance fireworks complaints: 360-597-7888. Residents are asked not to dial 911 or 311 for the purpose of reporting nuisance fireworks.

Residents and visitors are urged to celebrate the 4th of July with extra caution, as misuse of fireworks can lead to grass or structure fires.

“Fireworks start more than 19,000 fires and send more than 9,100 people to emergency rooms nationwide each year,” Young said in the statement.

It is recommended that people considering purchasing fireworks do so locally from a stand inspected by the Clark County Office of the Fire Marshal. Fireworks purchased outside the county may not be legal in the area.

The county recommended a number of precautions to prevent fires from occurring:

• Always have a bucket of water and a water hose handy to put out any fire.

• Assign a responsible adult to supervise the use of fireworks.

• Use fireworks outdoors in an open area away from buildings, vehicles and dry vegetation.

• Never direct fireworks at people or structures.

• Never attempt to modify fireworks or relight “misfires” that do not light.

• Place used fireworks in a bucket of water to soak overnight before discarding. These devices can still burn and start a fire if placed in a trash can.

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