Vancouver limits selling of fireworks to 3 days, 1 day to use

Vancouver limits selling of fireworks to 3 days, 1 day to use

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Vancouver City Council voted Monday night to limit the number of days personal fireworks inside city limits can be sold and used, according to a city spokeswoman.

The new rules, which will take effect in 2014, will limit the number of days fireworks can be sold from seven to three. Additionally, residents will only be allowed to shoot them off on July 4 – down from four days now.

The current rules will remain the same for 2013.

According to the city's communication manager, Barbara Ayers, the council chamber was packed for Monday night's meeting and 30 people spoke on the issue. She said the speakers were about evenly split in support or against the ordinance.

Last spring Vancouver city councilors considered a ban on fireworks but then decided against it.


Nonprofit groups that use the fireworks stands as their major fundraiser think the shorter selling period could hurt their profits.

The new ordinance will not affect the public display of fireworks at Fort Vancouver, Ayers said.