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Fireworks sales begin in Clark County

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. (KOIN) -- With the Fourth of July right around the corner, fireworks sales begin Thursday in Clark County.

As sales start, officials want to remind residents to comply with local and state laws and use fireworks safely.

In unincorporated areas north of Northwest/Northeast 219th Street, residents can use fireworks from noon to 11 p.m. on June 28. From June 29 to July 3, fireworks are allowed from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Then, on July 4, residents can set off fireworks starting at 9 a.m. until midnight. Anyone in unincorporated areas south of 219th Street can use fireworks from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

Earlier in June, the Clark County Council voted to eliminate the dividing line and restrict the use of fireworks in unincorporated areas on the Fourth of July, however, that change won't take effect until 2019.

While some parts of Clark County allow fireworks, Vancouver has banned fireworks within its city limits. Officials recommend those who want to buy fireworks to purchase them locally from a stand inspected by the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office. 

Many people were already waiting in line at noon when fireworks went on sale -- especially in the Hazel Dell area, just north of Vancouver.

Those who illegally use fireworks, including curfew or device-type violations, could face a $500 civil fine for their first offense, and $1,000 for subsequent violations. 

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 

Proper cleanup, disposal

  • Clean up debris and properly dispose of used/unused fireworks

  • Don't leave fireworks debris in the street

  • Sweep up fireworks debris as soon as possible 

  • Don't use fireworks near waterways

  • Put used fireworks in a bucket of water overnight then put them in a garbage bag

  • Never put unused fireworks in your garbage or recycling

  • Contact your local fire and police stations to see if they'll accept your unused fireworks

Look at the map below to see where you can use fireworks 

 

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