Vancouver Fire Department reminds residents about fireworks ban

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.
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 ban is on all fireworks, including Class C ‘safe and sane’ fireworks; it is also illegal to buy fireworks elsewhere and then transport them into the city

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 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. 

Violators may be cited, with the minimum fine starting at $500. This Fourth of July weekend, please call (360) 597-7888 to report the illegal use of fireworks. Help first responders prioritize preserving lives and property by only calling 9-1-1 to report if you witness or see something on fire or if there is a medical or life-threatening emergency.

“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.”

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.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.


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John Smith
John Smith
1 month ago

What a great way to celebrate Independence Day.

No fireworks for you!

Sieg Heil!

Susan
Susan
1 month ago
Reply to  John Smith

I’m all for outlawing ALL fireworks in the ENTIRE State of Washington, including the reservations. When I go out in the morn of July 5th and have to pick up fireworks trash from my lawn and climb a ladder to remove the fireworks trash from my roof, I count my lucky stars that my house didn’t burn down. My thinking has changed over the past few years… NO FIREWORKS!!!

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