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Fireworks shows and laws this Independence Day

With Independence Day happening this weekend, many people are making plans to watch the professional fireworks display at Fort Vancouver, or to even set off their own fireworks at home. Fort Vancouver’s fireworks will be set off at Pearson Field again this year, with live music, food and drinks for attendees. Tickets for the show are on sale now, and the display itself should be visible in most of Vancouver. For more information on the Fort Vancouver show, go to 4th.fortvan.org

This year, firework use within the Vancouver city limits is restricted to the Fourth only, from 9 a.m. to midnight. This law went into effect last year for several reasons, primarily because the dry weather that has been occurring in summer has created a fire hazard. The police will issue fines starting at $250 for using fireworks outside of the allowed time frame. People are encouraged to call 911 if they see anyone using fireworks outside of the legal time frame, or if they see people using illegal fireworks.

Three types of fireworks are illegal to possess or use in the state of Washington: firecrackers, sky rockets and missiles, and bottle rockets. The Vancouver police department and fire department are teaming up this year and plan to strictly enforce the firework laws. The fine for using illegal fireworks starts at $500. For more information on the laws regarding fireworks in Vancouver, go to cityofvancouver.us/fire/page/extremely-hot-and-dry-weather-prompts-fireworks-warning-reminder

The humane society issued a press release about pet safety during the holiday. Since July 4 is the biggest day for pets running away, July 5 is one of the busiest days of the year for most humane societies. The humane society suggests keeping pets away from doors and windows, and turning on music or TV to help them tune out the noise. They also say that people should make sure their pets have identification and microchips, and not to hesitate to cuddle the pets since that can greatly comfort them. For more tips on pet safety visit southwesthumane.org/media/34354/July-4th-Tips.pdf

Photo Credit: Fort Vancouver National Site

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