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 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.