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Posted on: June 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Fireworks: Planning a Fun and Safe Celebration in Battle Ground

Being prepared, safe, and responsible is key to a fun and worry-free 4th of July celebration.  Fireworks regulations in the City of Battle Ground allows residents to use fireworks for two days over the Independence Day Holiday – July 3 from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. and July 4 from 9 a.m. - midnight. 

Fireworks stands are permitted to operate in the City from July 1 through July 4. Permitted stands are regularly inspected by the Fire Marshal.  Fireworks should only be purchased from permitted stands; those purchased outside of the City or Clark County’s jurisdictions may not be safe or legal to use.

Regulations for the sale and use of fireworks vary in individual municipalities within Clark County, including unincorporated Battle Ground.  An online interactive map allows the public to easily determine fireworks use regulations based on any street address within Clark County.

Fireworks Call Center

CRESA will staff a fireworks and nuisance call center from July 2 - 4; 8pm - 1am.  Callers should refrain from calling 911 and/or 311 for fireworks violations.  

Only call 911 if: 

  • Someone is injured from a firework.
  • There is a fire started by a firework.
  • You witness someone attempting to start a fire with a firework.
  • You witness someone assaulting someone with a firework.

Otherwise, the Firework Call Center can be reached at 360-597-7888.

Be Prepared before lighting any firework:

  • Know the fireworks law in your area.
  • Purchase only legal fireworks, available at Washington State licensed stands.
  • Ensure the safety of pets and keep them secured; the loud sounds make them nervous. 
  • Have a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
  • Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
  • Clear a level area away from things that can burn.
  • Teach your children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch on fire.

Be Safe when fireworks are being lit:

  • Use only outdoors on a level, flat, hard surface.
  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
  • Do not lean over fireworks when lighting them.
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance (recommend 20 feet from fireworks).
  • Keep away from anything that can burn.
  • Follow the directions on the label carefully.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets, and your environment.
  • Follow the time restrictions for discharge.

Be Responsible after the fireworks are done:

  • Clean up all debris when finished.
  • Duds can be dangerous; if a firework item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least fifteen minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.
  • Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.
  • Before throwing away any used fireworks, make sure they are cold. Soaking in a bucket of water for at least 10 minutes before placing the fireworks in a plastic garbage bag will ensure they won’t catch anything on fire.

“The use of fireworks can lead to unintended injuries and fires,” said Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone, “It is important that you use every safety measure if choosing to use fireworks”

We think Independence Day is worth celebrating. If you celebrate with fireworks, do so safely. Know the regulations in your area, be prepared with a safety plan, and be respectful of your neighbors and surroundings.  City of Battle Ground fireworks regulations and a Fireworks Safety Plan are available on the City’s website at www.cityofbg.org/fireworks.

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