Know the rules for 4th of July fireworks

Know the rules for 4th of July fireworks


by Erica Heartquist, KGW Staff

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 10:58 AM

PORTLAND -- Fourth of July fireworks: You either love them or hate them. And, no matter which side you're on, you're about to be inundated because the long holiday weekend is here.

When it comes to fireworks rules, they vary widely depending on where you live, even within the metro area. Knowing what's allowed and what's not can be confusing.

In Washington, "What comes from a legal fireworks stand...those are all legal to shoot off," said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy with Clark County Fire and Rescue.

A lot of fireworks are allowed in Washington, but bottle rockets, sky rockets and firecrackers are prohibited.

But as far as which hours and days you can set off the fireworks in Washington, Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said that depends on the city.

"Vancouve is more restrictive than Ridgefield. Battleground will have a different one, La Center will have a different one. So you must check with your local jurisdiction."

Click here for a list of fireworks rules by city

In Ridgefield, KGW caught up with an Oregon man buying fireworks that are illegal in his state.

"This is a first time for us, so we're excited. We're usually stuck down there using the lame ones that aren't any fun," said Oregonian Matthew Scheck.

He said he plans to keep them up in Washington.

In Oregon, fireworks laws are much stricter. You can't own, sell or set off fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air.

Longtime kid favorites, sparklers are okay. Most fountains are also allowed.

Under Oregon law, if you're caught with illegal fireworks, you can be fined up to $500 per violation.


Click here for more on Oregon fireworks restrictions

Oregon firefighters wanted to remind everyone that going to a fireworks show is a fun and safe alternative for the whole family.

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