It’s fireworks season and things will be a little different for residents of Vancouver, WA this year. After months of debate and citizen input, the Vancouver City Council voted unanimously in 2012 to limit the sale of fireworks to just three days, July 2, 3, and 4 and restrict fireworks use to July 4 only. Washington state law requires 365 days’ notice for changes to the fireworks ordinances. So, this will be the first Independence Day since the new law went into effect.
Breaking the new law could result in a citation and a fine of up to $500. The Vancouver Fire Marshal said that her department is preparing for the new law with a mass media campaign and a fireworks safety demonstration.
Do you live in Vancouver? How will this law affect you this Fourth of July? If you’re an Oregonian, would you support a similar law in your city?
- Heidi Scarpelli: Fire Marshal for the City of Vancouver
- Gene Marlow: Owner of Mean Gene Fireworks in Vancouver, Wash.