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Fireworks go on sale in Clark County with ban in Vancouver city limits

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Fireworks went on sale Wednesday in Clark County, but officials want to remind people in Vancouver that fireworks are illegal this year within city limits.

Brandon Geer likes to pull out all the stops on the Fourth of July, so he was relieved to discover that his house lies just outside of the city limits. But he’s not sure everyone is informed.
 
“I’m thinking some of the people don’t know about the law. Because I didn’t know about it 100 percent until I looked around on the website,” Geer said.
 
When officials mean all fireworks are banned, they mean all of them, from something as big as a mortar to as small as a sparkler. Clark County Fire Marshal John Duniway says injuries and urban fires related to fireworks just got to be too much.
 
“Not everybody follows the rules. Not everybody’s as safe as the next person,” said Duniway. “I think it’s just a conglomeration of all that that had the city make the decision they did.”
 
Brian Owens and his family run the Mean Gene Fireworks stand in Hazel Dell. He thinks the law is a bit extreme, but he has fliers explaining it to customers posted in his tent.

On day one, he didn’t see the new ban slowing down business at all and he’s not worried.
 
“It eliminates some potential customers, but the law is what it is,” Owens said. “And there’s lots of places to still shoot off fireworks.”

Anyone caught lighting fireworks within Vancouver city limits could face fines upward of $500.

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