The 4th of July is once again just around the corner, and in many parts of the county, fireworks go on sale June 28th. Now, just because they are on sale, doesn’t mean it is legal for them to be discharged. It seems each year there are a few new changes regarding when and where they can be discharged in Clark County, so here is our best effort to catch you up on this year’s important information.
Please do not call 9-1-1 to report noise or inappropriate violations.
From CRESA 911: Please call 3-1-1 (360-693-3111) regarding a complaint of individuals using fireworks outside approved dates/hours, or loud/illegal fireworks. Only call 9-1-1 if someone is injured or something is on fire.
Legal fireworks: Buy only from a licensed fireworks stand with items clearly labeled with the name of the item, manufacturer and instructions for proper use. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are illegal and can cause serious injury or death.
Supervise children closely: Only adults should light fireworks. Do not allow young children to play with fireworks. Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under adult supervision. Children must be at least 16 years old and present identification to legally purchase fireworks. Be vigilant about keeping matches, lighters and fireworks safely away from youngsters.
Tribal fireworks: Fireworks sold on tribal lands may not be legal off the reservation.
Always follow directions on the label: Even sparklers, which burn at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, can be dangerous if used improperly. Light only one firework at a time and don’t try to re-light a “dud.” Protect your eyes and never have any portion of your body directly over fireworks.
Clear the lighting area: Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area at least 25 feet from people, houses, vehicles, dry leaves, grass and flammable materials. When you are done, be sure to soak your fireworks before disposing of them. Always keep a hose or bucket of water close by to extinguish any small, unintended fires. If clothes catch fire, remember to cover your face and STOP, DROP and ROLL until the fire goes out.
Keep your pets safe and secure indoors: Be sure to keep your pets indoors with curtains and windows closed. Be sure your pet’s collar is secure and license tag is current. If your pet is not currently licensed, get a license before fireworks go on sale June 28. If your pet gets loose, the license will help get your pet home and allow emergency medical care, if needed. If your pet goes missing, check with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington at (360) 693-4746.
Be a good neighbor: Pick up spent fireworks and dispose of them properly once they have cooled. Soaking used fireworks overnight in a bucket of water before placing them in the trash is a good idea. They should not be left in the street for sweepers, nor should they be left in rights-of-way.
From Clark County: Clark County has also added a new online tool that can be found on their website. www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/fireworks “This new resource will help take the confusion out of when and where fireworks legally can be set off this July 4 season, whether you live in the unincorporated area or with a city,” said Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway. “It also works on mobile devices, so people can find the the legal information anytime, anywhere.”
From the City of Vancouver: Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli also stated the VFD will have fireworks patrols out. More information can also be found on the City of Vancouver’s webpage including helpful information if you are uncertain if you live within the city limits. www.cityofvancouver.us/fireworks
Fireworks may be discharged in unincorporated Clark County NORTH of 219th Street between: June 28 through July 3rd from 9 am to 11 pm; July 4 from 9am to Midnight.
Fireworks may be discharged in unincorporated Clark County SOUTH of 219th Street: July 4 from 9am to Midnight.
Fireworks may be discharged in the City of Vancouver: July 4 from 9 am to Midnight