VANCOUVER – City leaders voted Monday night to restrict the sales and use of personal 4th of July fireworks.
Staring on 2014, sales will be limited to three days with lighting of the fireworks allowed only on the 4th of July.
Current city rules allow fireworks sales for a seven-day period, ending on July 4, and allow fireworks to be lit for four days leading up to the holiday. Those rules will stay in affect for 2013.
The ordinance passed by a unanimous vote following a public hearing where the 30 speakers were evenly split on what they wanted the council to do.
Those who sell the fireworks for charitable causes argued it will cut into their income while some residents pleaded for the limit in the interest of peace and quiet.
A vote to ban all fireworks not labeled “Safe and Sane” failed to get council approval last June.