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Fireworks.. Being a Good Neighbor

The Fourth of July is a big deal here in Clark County and many love to celebrate Independence Day with lavish fireworks displays. Unfortunately,  the careless and perhaps unwelcome use of fireworks can lead to problems.  Quite often people will call 911 for help in resolving these problems.

Here are frequently asked questions about fireworks we get at our 911 center and some guidelines for when its best to call 911:

When are they legal??

  • July 3rd: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. North of 219th St in Unincorporated Clark County, Amboy, Battle Ground,  Ridgefield, and Yacolt.  (10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in La Center)
  • July 4th: 9 a.m. until midnight everywhere except Vancouver and La Center. In La Center, it’s 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 5th: they are legal in Battle Ground from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.,  Ridgefield from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Yacolt 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fireworks are Illegal at all times within the City of Vancouver City Limits.

What about the big noisy ones?  Aren’t they illegal?

Nope. Even the fireworks that rattle your windows and set off your car alarm are legal.

 

What about the ones that shoot clear up into the sky? They must be illegal.

Nope – most of those are legal too

Here is a guide for identifying illegal fireworks and explosives.

Here’s a legal overview of state fireworks regulations..

 

What if someone is shooting fireworks “dangerously”?

It depends on what you mean by dangerously.  Is life or property at risk?  If yes, call 911.

 

My pets and livestock are being traumatized by the noise!

Fireworks can be traumatic for animals.  If your pet has issues with loud noises please contact your vet for solutions to keep them calm.

Here’s a good article about helping your pet cope with fireworks.

So when can I call 911?
  • If fireworks are still going off after midnight (11 p.m. in La Center)
  • If there is a fire
  • If there is an injury
  • If someone is recklessly using fireworks and putting lives in danger
  • If people are being reckless and putting others in danger

Do Not Call 911 –

  • Because your neighbors are setting off fireworks
  • Because it is 10:30 PM and you need to get up early tomorrow
  • The noise is upsetting your animals
  • If someone is using fireworks illegally within the City of Vancouver limits please call 311 or 360-693-3111 where you will be asked to provide in progress reporting, location information.

** The same dispatchers that answer 911 answer 311… Please help keep these lines open for immediate emergencies.

As a reminder, fireworks at the Fort of Vancouver are FREE this year. 

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