Photo courtesy of The Columbian
Clark County, Washington Personal Fireworks Regulations
It's that time of year again when some folks want to celebrate their red, white, and blue with loud and colorful aerial displays. Washington is one of the states that still allows personal fireworks. However, not all fireworks are legal.
If you plan to buy fireworks, the Fire Marshall reminds you to purchase them at a licensed local stand. Fireworks prohibited in Clark County, Washington are sold in other states, and on tribal land. They include the following.
- Bottle rockets
- Homemade devices
Generally speaking, many states define legal fireworks are non-aerial and non-explosive, such as novelties, fountains, and sparklers. Ironically, sparklers accounted for 28% of injuries from June 20 to July 20, 2014.
In Washington though, the list of legal fireworks is more expansive. Oregonians often drive over the Columbian river and purchase fireworks here, and illegally transport them back home.
If you choose to celebrate with personal fireworks, here are some tips from the Fire Marshall's Office.
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.
When is the use of Fireworks legal in Clark County, Washington?
This year, new rules are in effect for the unincorporated areas of Clark county. Legal fireworks can be used only from 9 am to midnight on Thursday, July 4. Vancouver has banned fireworks within its city limits.
Fines for possession and use of fireworks outside of permitted times start at $500 per violation.
Where we live, in rural Camas, folks tend to take their independence seriously - and some like to push the rules. We hear and see illegal fireworks, often outside the allowed time-frame. Although it's difficult to pinpoint exactly where they are coming from.
Many Pets and Other Animals Suffer
Sadly, the booms, blasts, and lights can be terrifying for pets, farm animals, and wildlife. For this reason alone, we think personal fireworks should be banned completely. Too many people abuse the privilege and there are plenty of public displays people can enjoy on the Fourth of July.
Please Choose to Celebrate Wisely!