Vancouver Fire Department reminds residents about fireworks ban

The city’s ban is on all fireworks, including Class C “safe and sane” fireworks like sparklers, fountains, ground-spinning fireworks and smoke balls

VANCOUVER — With the Fourth of July approaching, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli and Fire Chief Brennan Blue would like to remind residents that it is illegal to use, possess or sell fireworks of any kind within the Vancouver city limits. The city’s recreational burning ban also remains in effect due to a high fire risk caused by very dry and hot conditions.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal's Office will have extra officers working enforcement on July 4 this year. Violators will be cited, with the minimum fine starting at $500. File photo
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office will have extra officers working enforcement on July 4 this year. Violators will be cited, with the minimum fine starting at $500. File photo

The city’s ban is on all fireworks, including Class C “safe and sane” fireworks like sparklers, fountains, ground-spinning fireworks and smoke balls. It is also illegal to buy fireworks elsewhere and then transport them into the city.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office will have extra officers working enforcement on July 4 this year. Violators will be cited, with the minimum fine starting at $500.

“Public safety agencies spend an extraordinary amount of resources responding to fireworks-related incidents, which can have a negative effect on the response time for other life-threatening emergency calls for service,” said Scarpelli. “Compounding the problem is the very high risk for wildfires right now, which are easily sparked by fireworks as the devastating Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge proved in 2017.”

Residents can report illegal use of fireworks within the city limits by calling the non-emergency line at 3-1-1 or (360) 693-3111. Not sure if you’re within the Vancouver city limits? Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/citylimitsmaps to find out.

Fireworks laws vary throughout Clark County. Visit https://clark.wa.gov/code-administration/fireworks to view an interactive map of current fireworks laws by location.

For more information about Vancouver’s fireworks law, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/fireworks.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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lan joang
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lan joang
3 months ago

citylimitmap link said page not found

Heather
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Heather
3 months ago

My husband had PTSD from his military service and we are hoping that this year citations will be issued for lighting off fireworks.

The whole first week of July is emotionally devastating to our family. We had been planning to go to Canada this year to avoid them but cannot because of COVID travel restrictions.

I wish it were more surprising that ‘patriots’ don’t think about, or have any care about’ those who fought for their freedom.

Jessica Naylor
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Jessica Naylor
3 months ago
Reply to  Heather

Oh goodness in so so sorry I hope this year isn’t bad and your husband is safe and doesn’t have to deal with that. A big thank you to his brave and dedicated service. My dad also served for 35 years and I see how PTSD is different for everyone and how bad/hard it is especially to see your loved one/spouse have to deal with it. I wonder if Kalama would be a safer area in case of fireworks. My parents live up there its about 25 mins away from us in Vancouver. My folks live near Green Mountain Rd up in the mountain or hill it’s usually pretty quite not much especially with how strict they are with their fire ban they really don’t play around. It’s bad enough your family has to drive all the way to Canada to avoid it and I know it isn’t always cheap. When I lived in Mass we went to Canada a lot.

Last edited 3 months ago by Jessica Naylor
Clint
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Clint
3 months ago
Reply to  Heather

What freedom? You mean the freedom to celebrate the 4th of July?? The birth of our country . No recent wars have been to protect our freedoms , they’ve been to secure the assets of our current politicians . I would fight for our Fredoms but would never fight for oil or $ . Sorry to here your husband’s scared of fireworks sux that our government would do sucha thing turn men to mice.

RLTW
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RLTW
3 months ago
Reply to  Clint

As a vet with PTSD, I can assure you the government hasn’t turned us into mice… quite the contrary. Stimuli-such as fireworks- sets off a fight response and a flood of adrenaline. We would much prefer to react the way we’ve trained… though it’s frowned upon when we start shooting our inconsiderate neighbors.
instead- we are forced to sit there and deal with the hyper-acute awareness that adrenaline on full-blast provides
All the Best,
Your friendly neighborhood Ranger.

James
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James
3 months ago
Reply to  RLTW

RANGERS LEAD THE WAY! But, stay out of my Navy’s way so we don’t have to check fire.

James
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James
3 months ago
Reply to  Clint

We that served know that we don’t fight Wars. The rich bureaucrats fight the wars . We the broken and bruised fight battles. War has no honor. Battling and fighting for your family and and your country is full of honor, valor, courage, and camaraderie . A place that has no room for idealism. Your idealism is admirable but when it comes to sensitivity towards veterans you’re a frigging idiot. So put your name on the paper and your boots on the line to serve or shut up and stay out of the way so that those of us who want to protect people, and to do the job you don’t have the balls to. Stop using excuses for your cowardice.

Bobbie
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Bobbie
3 months ago
Reply to  Heather

It sucks that your husband has PTSD, but there are a lot of other veterans that do enjoy and appreciate fireworks and the celebration of our country. Expecting everyone else to have to work their lives and celebration around you and your husband’s issues is incredibly egoistical and self centered. If the fireworks are so bad for him YOU need to plan better and if you were planning on going out of country go camping instead, get out of the city or something but don’t ruin it for everyone else, that’s just selfish.

El L
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El L
3 months ago
Reply to  Bobbie

you’re a genuine sociopath
fireworks are not fun, they are traumatic and cause fires that destroy homes, ecosystems and lives

Chris
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Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  El L

How many homes are destroyed by faulty wiring? Wood stoves? Barbecues? Property damage is a false narrative. Much more property damage caused in other, tolerated ways. Next. Litter? Have you driven the roads in CC? At least most of the firework debris is picked up. I bet there are more pieces of tires on the side of the road than stray fireworks debris. How about plastic bags, bottles, single shoes….. gotta do better than your weak sauce

Tiffany
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Tiffany
3 months ago
Reply to  Heather

We always try to escape the craziness every 4th. Check hotels in Portland. Enjoy the quiet and some great food in town.

Franklin A
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Franklin A
3 months ago

Considering the drought, the record heat, and the fire potential fireworks of ANY type should be banned in Clark and surrounding counties. The potential for a devastating event caused by even responsible firework use in this current environment should have city and county officials working to protect the citizens. Unfortunately the quality of city leaders in Vancouver makes this a remote possibility.

Last edited 3 months ago by Franklin A
Ron
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Ron
3 months ago
Reply to  Franklin A

The county did ban back around december, for all of two weeks. Then some freedom loving murican patriots with a too much time on their hands pitched a tizzy fit and the county “leaders” backed down. Here’s to freedom and my doug firs catching fire from “patriotism”.

Chris
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Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  Ron

More fires caused by lightning than fireworks. Ban lightening. It is very loud as well. Often associated with rain…. horrible.

Ron
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Ron
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris

That is of course incorrect

Chris
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Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  Franklin A

Ban smoking…. greater potential for a fire from a discarded cigarette butt on the side of the road, as seen almost every year.

Franklin A
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Franklin A
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Oh, I enjoy fireworks. I’m intelligent enough to know when what I enjoy should be set aside for the good of the community I live in.

D.Gray
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D.Gray
3 months ago

You know, I would prefer to live in a society where the individual is empowered to make intelligent decisions and suffer the consequences of making stupid decisions. Banning (insert object here.. fireworks, guns, knives, etc) seems to be restricting freedom on our society as a whole. I favor allowing freedom to make good decisions and if you make bad ones, lose your freedom as a result. I don’t need the politicians to tell me it’s a bad idea to set off fireworks in 100 degree weather. Too bad they have coddled people to the point that they can’t make responsible decisions on their own and as a result are now dictating more and more of our lives. I sadly predict we eventually will be known as the USSA.

Ron
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Ron
3 months ago
Reply to  D.Gray

You don’t need to be but then again you have a working brain. Laws are made because some folks can’t think intelligently.

Chris
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Chris
3 months ago

We all have things that we don’t enjoy. Sometimes you have to suck it up to he part of a society. Fireworks are such a miniscule event, a few days a year. Noise, property damage, trash are all red herrings, used by those who simply don’t appreciate the pure fun of fireworks. If I had my way I would ban loud, high pitched mufflers on small cars, but I don’t get to have my way,, so I ignore and move on. Anti firework folks should move on too. This is a non issue.

Ron
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Ron
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Loud mufflers are also illegal so that pithy argument is out the door.

Lilly
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Lilly
3 months ago

My question is why doesn’t all of Clark County ban fireworks this year? Cities of ridgefield and la center already have. In the extreme conditions going on, Clark county, actually ALL of WA should do the right thing and ban this year

Your Mom
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Your Mom
3 months ago

I went door to door to hunereds of houses in vancouver durring the early covid19 hoax last year with referendum to stop firework ban. no mask, not a single person complained. 8/10 houses in vancouver city limits signed and want fireworks unbanned within vancouver city limits. Doesn’t matter if you have a cat hoarding problem. The vast bipartisan majority of vancouver residents support 4th of july and new years personal fireworks.

Ron
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Ron
3 months ago
Reply to  Your Mom

Sure you did

Shannon Wittren
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Shannon Wittren
3 months ago

Just bs. Just taking away more rights. The St Paul rodeo and others can light off Fireworks. We get are mask taken away then fireworks. Screw Washington it’s just going to crap liberals

Shannon Wittren
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Shannon Wittren
3 months ago

Page doesn’t work. Let’s all go to Inslee house and light them up

Mike oxlong
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Mike oxlong
3 months ago

If you don’t like fireworks move to Europe

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