Are Personal Fireworks Legal in Clark County, WA - Fourth of July 2019

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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.  


  • Firecrackers
  • Salutes
  • Chasers
  • Skyrockets
  • Bottle rockets
  • M-80s
  • M-1000s
  • Homemade devices


Legal Fireworks


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!  




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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great post in advance of Independence Day, Debb. Easy and legal to buy fireworks just over the state border in South Carolina. So I'd guess personal fireworks are legal there. North Carolina might be a different story, but never looked into it.

Jun 29, 2019 08:39 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Debb and Bernie - Personal fireworks is an often discussed topic especially during/around Summer celebratory events. Your post addresses questions for residents and visitors.  Here's to a safe holiday!

Jun 29, 2019 09:30 AM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Personal use of fireworks always makes me very nervous this time of year. Great information to share!

Jun 29, 2019 09:33 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

We have never been into personal fireworks...I hate the noise and the effect it has on some furry creatures.  This is wonderful information that you shared on Clark County...Happy Saturday.  A

Jun 29, 2019 11:25 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Good tips..there are so many people injured annually while celebrating this holiday.

Jun 29, 2019 01:02 PM #5
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I do know pets especially dogs do not like loud noises like fireworks. You can celebrate the 4th in a safe manner for animals and people.

Jun 29, 2019 01:08 PM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - for some reason I see more fireworks sold in states now. When I was a kid you couldn’t buy them in most states. 

Jun 29, 2019 04:58 PM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never been interested in setting off fireworks myself and I am sure I will continue to be quite content to be entertained by the ones that others set off.

Jun 30, 2019 07:28 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely information to share with area residents and visitors.

Jun 30, 2019 08:39 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb,  We do not have enough police to cover all the people that are shooting them off in the sky here.


Jun 30, 2019 09:18 AM #10
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