Legal fireworks for sale at the Big Bang tent in Sandy.

Legal fireworks for sale at the Big Bang tent in Sandy.

This coming July 4 will be the last time residents can legally shoot off personal fireworks in Vancouver.

On Monday, the Vancouver City Council unanimously voted to ban personal fireworks sales and use within city limits. The new law will be in effect starting in 2017 because, under state law, any changes in fireworks regulations require 365 days’ notice.

“It’s probably the toughest decision I’ve made on the city council in 12 years,” Councilor Larry Smith said.

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