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Yes! You may be subject to arrest for Reckless Burning in the First Degree 9A.48.040 or Second Degree 9A.48.050 depending on what type of structure or property is damaged, even if you did not intend on damaging it. Additionally, if you use fireworks in a reckless manner and someone is injured as a result, you may be subject to arrest for Unlawful discharge or use of fireworks 70.77.488.
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You can type your address into this online tool to find out if you live in Washougal city limits or Clark County: https://clark.wa.gov/code-administration/fireworks
Legal fireworks can be purchased during the following time period:
There is a fireworks stand at 3003 Addy St. near Bi-Mart.
Yes, as long as they are legal AND meet the definition of Safe and Sane. See definitions below.
“Safe and sane” fireworks are those that are neither projectile nor explosive—basically anything that doesn’t leave the ground.
Fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than one foot into the air or more than six feet on the ground.
Please call 911 if you see the following:
Do Not Call 911 or 311 if:
COMPLAINTS - DO NOT CALL 911 OR 311 UNLESS THERE IS AN EMERGENCY
To record a complaint related to 4th of July activities in Clark County, please call (360) 597-7888.
SAVE 9-1-1 CALLS FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES
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.
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.
What can you do?
If you witness or see something on fire, if there is a medical or life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Do Not Call 911 if:
July 3rd and 4th are the busiest times for our 9-1-1 dispatch center and First Responders with call volume tripling. Injuries and fires will take priorities, and other regular calls for service are still happening and need to be addressed such as medical calls and car accidents. Please note there may be delays in response due to extreme call volume.
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.