After months of discussion and input from the public, the Battle Ground City Council adopted new regulations affecting the city’s fireworks regulations.
By state law, fireworks, during the 4th-of-July season, may only be sold and discharged between June 28 and July 5. The law, however, also gives local jurisdictions the authority to adopt more restrictive regulations, such as a complete ban of fireworks or a reduction in the number of days that sales and discharge are allowed. Any new regulations further restricting when fireworks may be sold or discharged may not take effect until one year after adoption.
The new fireworks regulations adopted by Battle Ground City Council on May 21, 2018 reduces the number of days fireworks can be sold and discharged in Battle Ground city limits. By state law, the new regulations cannot take effect until May 21, 2019.
Effective 2019, the sale of fireworks will be restricted to July 1 through July 4 from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm each day, and during the new year’s holiday season from December 27 to December 31 from noon to 11:00 pm each day.
Effective 2019, the discharge of fireworks will be restricted to July 3 from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, July 4 from 9:00 am to midnight, and on December 31 from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am.
Also adopted by city council is a provision giving the Fire Marshal emergency authority to suspend or ban the discharge of fireworks should there be a threat to public safety.
Because these newly adopted regulations cannot take effect until 2019, the sale and discharge of fireworks will remain as is this year - the maximum days allowed by state law. It is always important to be prepared, safe and responsible when discharging fireworks – take every safety precaution and be respectful of your neighbors and surroundings. Use of fireworks in city parks or on school grounds is prohibited. To view this year’s regulations and safety tips visit our Fireworks page.