Council to review policy on fireworks

first_imgAs the last fuses fizzle for this Fourth of July fireworks season, the tensions over their use remain explosive.Initial reports from local law enforcement show that fires and injuries related to fireworks were fairly minimal this year, with only one reported structure fire — caused by smoking fireworks put in a paper bag next to a home. But Vancouver city councilors said they’ve received enough distressed emails and calls from citizens to warrant a review of their policy.At least one councilor, Pat Campbell, favors a ban on all personal firework use, while others say they simply want to see if there’s anything that can be tweaked to make things safer. Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes will give the council an early report on this year’s fireworks-related calls to police and fire on Monday; a workshop will also be held this fall.“I’m sure that council will have a lot of input, given the number of emails we’ve received and even conversations we’ve had walking down Main Street,” Mayor Tim Leavitt said Thursday. “We’ll go from there, see what council’s pleasure is.”The city council has tightened its regulations on fireworks three times in the last decade, said Jan Bader, Vancouver’s program and policy manager. First, it voted to eliminate legal use of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Next, it made using fireworks on July 5 illegal. In 2008, it cut the legal use days to four, an ordinance that went into effect last year.Clark County commissioners have made it clear they have no desire to tighten their laws on legal fireworks, and declined to shorten their legal use dates when the city did so in 2008. They repeated that sentiment this year.last_img read more