Are Fireworks Legal in Vancouver, Washington?
NO - FIREWORKS ARE NOT LEGAL IN VANCOUVER.
In 2015, the Vancouver City Council approved a fireworks ordinance (M-4147) that went into effect in October 2016. This ordinance made the sale and use of consumer fireworks inside the city limits of Vancouver a crime. This is a complete ban that includes all types of fireworks.
Civil fines start at $500 for violation of this law.
To assist citizens in complying with the law, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli is encouraging people to visit this useful page to determine if they are inside or outside the city limits of Vancouver. Just because your mailing address is "Vancouver, WA" does not mean you are actually located within the city limits.
If you live outside the Vancouver city limits, other regulations apply. Please be guided by that jurisdiction's applicable laws.
Professional fireworks displays that have been permitted by the City remain legal. Once again this 4th of July, the Fort Vancouver National Trust will host the Independence Day Celebration at Fort Vancouver. This is among the largest fireworks shows in the nation. It is free of charge this year, and includes live music before the fireworks.
Interesting facts from the National Fire Protection Agency
- Sparklers accounted for 28% of fireworks related injuries from June 20 to July 20, 2014
- In 2014, 79% of fireworks injuries fell into the categories of sparklers, firecrackers, reloadable shells and novelty fireworks.
- Approximately 15,600 reported fires were caused by fireworks in 2013