Firework Safety, Sales and Discharge - 4TH OF jULY
Be fireworks safe
The Fire Marshal’s Office and the Camas and Washougal Police Departments will have an increased presence during the fireworks season this year enforcing the fireworks laws as adopted by Camas and Washougal City Councils.
An ordinance passed in November 2017 by Washougal City Council changed the types of fireworks you can set off within city limits. Know Washougal’s legal changes on fireworks usage now in effect according to Washougal Municipal Code, Chapter 9.22.
Read about the proper disposal of fireworks from Clark County Public Health.
SAVE 9-1-1 CALLS FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES
To record a complaint related to 4th of July activities in Clark County, please call (360) 597-7888.
During the 4th of July holiday weekend, CRESA (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency) asks that residents not call 911 or 311 to report fireworks. Instead they can call 360-597-7888 during the 4th of July weekend to record fireworks nuisance complaints. Only call 911 to report if you witness or see something on fire or if there is a medical or life-threatening emergency. Callers reporting nuisances or noise complaints around fireworks delay or block other callers with life-threatening emergencies from reaching 911.
What can you do?
LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE DURING 4th OF JULY HOLIDAY
Law Enforcement from Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, Yacolt and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office must prioritize their response during periods of high demand. Illegal use of Fireworks and noise complaints are most often non-emergent in nature.
During the busy Fourth of July holiday, law enforcement often must delay or suspend their response to non-emergency requests for service in order to respond to emergency events (assault, robbery, etc.). Protecting lives and preserving property are the highest priorities.
Do not call 911 or 311 to report fireworks violations. Only Call 911 if:
DATES OF PERMITTED SALE
July 2: 9am-11pm
July 3: 9am-11pm
July 4: 9am-11pm
DATES OF PERMITTED USE
July 2: NOT ALLOWED
July 3: NOT ALLOWED
July 4: 9am-midnight
“Safe and sane” fireworks are those that are neither projectile nor explosive—basically anything that doesn’t leave the ground.
- Snake-type fireworks
- Ground-spinning fireworks
- Most novelty fireworks
- Toy-trick noisemakers
- Some crackling items
Fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than one foot into the air or more than six feet on the ground.
- Aerial missiles and spinners
- Mortar-type fireworks
- Roman candle-types
- Any other device (combination or novelty) that is structurally or functionally similar
Violations will be punished with a civil infraction and by a fine of:
In addition to citations being issued, any illegal fireworks may be seized.
Have a safe and happy 4th of july from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department and the City of Washougal!
- I'm not sure if I live within Washougal city limits or the greater county. How can I find out?
- When can I purchase fireworks in Washougal?
- Where are the fireworks stands located in Washougal?
- If I buy fireworks in another area, like the county or another city, can I use them in Washougal?
- When should I call 911 regarding fireworks?
- Should I call 311 for complaints?
- When should I NOT call 911?
- What can happen if I get caught using illegal fireworks?
- Can I be held liable for damage and costs incurred in suppressing fires caused by use of fireworks, by myself or my child?