County starts process of overhauling fireworks regulations

first_imgHoping to clamp down on fire hazards and bring more consistency to the patchwork of regulations governing fireworks, the Clark County Council took initial action to revise how it regulates the celebratory explosives.At a work session Tuesday afternoon, the council directed county staff to begin drafting new regulations that would reduce the number of days fireworks can be sold in unincorporated Clark County to four days, with two days to set them off.Currently, fireworks can be used in unincorporated Clark County in areas north of Northeast 219th Street from June 28 to July 4 and on Dec. 31. Different rules apply south of that line.A proposed change would allow the county to restrict fireworks in response to extreme fire danger. The council will also consider changes to regulations that would allow the fire marshal greater enforcement powers in situations where it’s not clear where illegal fireworks have been ignited.Members of the council didn’t seem committed to any one of the ideas, which will be presented at a later public hearing. But Council Chair Marc Boldt said that he would be in favor of changing the number of days fireworks can be sold and set off during the summer. He said that Battle Ground is also considering a similar measure and that having the county’s regulations align would bring greater consistency to fireworks regulations.last_img read more