Sale of fireworks begins June 28

Use of fireworks in unincorporated Clark County not allowed until July 4

VANCOUVER – For the Independence Day holiday, residents can use fireworks in unincorporated Clark County only from 9 a.m. to midnight Sat., July 4.

“Even though fireworks are offered for sale starting on June 28, remember that they are not allowed to be used until July 4,” said Interim Fire Marshal Dan Young. Clark County Fire Marshal staff will be out enforcing the fireworks laws. Illegal use of fireworks such as curfew or device type violation is subject to a $500 civil fine for first time offenders. 

Clark County provides an online chart, indicating when fireworks can be used in different areas of the county. Photo by Mike Schultz
Clark County provides an online chart, indicating when fireworks can be used in different areas of the county. Photo by Mike Schultz

Fireworks also can be used from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1 in unincorporated areas. To learn more about permitted times for fireworks use and what types are not allowed, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/fireworks.

Vancouver has banned fireworks within its city limits. Clark County provides an online chart, indicating when fireworks can be used in different areas of the county. There is also an interactive map that allows the public to quickly determine the rules for fireworks use based on an address anywhere in the county. Additionally, each sales location in the county is required to post signage outlining when fireworks can be used legally.

Safety first

Residents and visitors are urged to celebrate the Fourth of July with extra caution because improper use of fireworks can lead to grass or structure fires.  

If you plan to buy fireworks, the best option is to purchase them locally from a stand inspected by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fireworks purchased outside the county may not be legal locally.

A few important safety reminders:

  • Always have a bucket of water and water hose ready to douse any fire.
  • Assign a responsible adult to supervise fireworks use.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles and dry vegetation.
  • Never aim fireworks at people or structures.
  • Never attempt to alter fireworks or relight “duds” that fail to ignite.
  • Place used fireworks in a bucket of water to soak overnight before disposing of them. These devices can still be smoldering and could start a fire if placed in a trash receptacle.

COVID-19 safety

  • When visiting fireworks stands, be sure to maintain physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet from others and wear a cloth face covering. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol after leaving the stand, and wash hands with soap and water as soon as it’s available.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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