City of Battle Ground issues Independence Day fireworks regulations and safety tips

Fireworks stands are permitted to operate in the city from July 1 through July 4

Fireworks regulations in the city of Battle Ground limit the discharge of fireworks to July 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Regulations for the sale and discharge of fireworks vary in individual jurisdictions within Clark County, including unincorporated Battle Ground where the use of fireworks is limited to July 4 only. An online interactive map may be used to determine regulations based on any address in Clark County. File photo
Regulations for the sale and discharge of fireworks vary in individual jurisdictions within Clark County, including unincorporated Battle Ground where the use of fireworks is limited to July 4 only. An online interactive map may be used to determine regulations based on any address in Clark County. File photo

Fireworks stands are permitted to operate in the city from July 1 through July 4.  Permitted stands are regularly inspected by the Fire Marshal. Fireworks should only be purchased from permitted stands; those purchased outside of the City or Clark County’s jurisdictions may not be safe or legal to use.

“The use of fireworks can lead to unintended injuries and fires,” said Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone, “There is an expected increase in fire risk this year due to lack of moisture coupled with high temperatures. It’s important that you use every safety measure if choosing to use fireworks.”

Regulations for the sale and discharge of fireworks vary in individual jurisdictions within Clark County, including unincorporated Battle Ground where the use of fireworks is limited to July 4 only.  An online interactive map may be used to determine regulations based on any address in Clark County. 

“We think Independence Day is worth celebrating,’’ read a statement from the city Wednesday. “If you make the choice to use fireworks, do so with extreme caution.  Know the regulations and conditions in your area, be prepared with a safety plan, and be respectful of your neighbors and surroundings.”

City of Battle Ground fireworks regulations and a Fireworks Safety Plan are available on the City’s website at www.cityofbg.org/fireworks

Be Prepared before lighting any firework:

  • Know the fireworks law in your area.
  • Purchase only legal fireworks, available at Washington State licensed stands. 
  • Ensure the safety of pets; the loud sounds make them nervous. More pets become lost on this day than any other when panicked – going through open windows, breaking tethers, and leaping fences.
  • Have a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
  • Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
  • Clear a level area away from things that can burn.
  • Teach your children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch on fire.

Be Safe when fireworks are being lit:

  • Use only outdoors on a level, flat, hard surface.
  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
  • Do not lean over fireworks when lighting them.
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance (recommend 20 feet from fireworks).
  • Keep away from anything that can burn.
  • Follow the directions on the label carefully.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets, and your environment.
  • Follow the time restrictions for discharge.

Be Responsible after the fireworks are done:

  • Clean up all debris when finished.
  • Duds can be dangerous; if a fireworks item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least 15 minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.
  • Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.
  • Before throwing away any used fireworks, make sure they are cold. Soaking in a bucket of water for at least 10 minutes before placing the fireworks in a plastic garbage bag will ensure they won’t catch anything on fire.

Information provided by city of Battle Ground.

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