With New Year’s Eve approaching, Vancouver Fire Chief Brennan Blue and Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli would like to remind residents that it is illegal to use, possess or sell fireworks of any kind within the Vancouver city limits.
The city’s ban on fireworks includes Class C “safe and sane” fireworks like sparklers, fountains, ground-spinning fireworks and smokeballs. It is also illegal to buy fireworks elsewhere and then transport them into the city.
Residents can report illegal use of fireworks within the city by calling the non-emergency line at 3-1-1 or 360-693-3111. Violation of the law can result in fines of $500 or more.
"Public safety agencies spend an extraordinary amount of resources responding to fireworks-related incidents, which can have a negative effect on the response time for other life-threatening emergency calls for service," said Scarpelli.
Every year, people are seriously injured, property is damaged, and the risk of fires increases due to the illegal use of fireworks. According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission report, fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,000 injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2019. Children younger than age 15 accounted for 36% of those injuries and nearly half were people under age 20.
Fireworks laws vary throughout Clark County, depending on what city you live in and whether you live north or south of Northeast 219th Street in the unincorporated areas of the county. Please contact the appropriate jurisdiction to learn more about its fireworks laws.