Fireworks sales hours to be reduced in Washougal

Ordinance to go into effect next year

There will be a reduction in the number of days that fireworks can be sold inside the city limits of Washougal, starting in 2014.

The Washougal City Council unanimously approved amendments to the city’s Municipal Code on May 28.

It is currently legal to sell fireworks from noon to 11 p.m., June 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., June 29 through July 4, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on July 5, as well as from noon to 11 p.m., from Dec. 27 through Dec. 31.

The change to the code will limit sales from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 2 through July 4, and from noon to 11 p.m., Dec. 29 through Dec. 31.

In Washougal, fireworks can be discharged on July 4, from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to Jan. 1, at 1 a.m.

The idea of reducing the number of days that fireworks can be purchased was brought forth by Mayor Sean Guard.

City Councilman Dave Shoemaker said although the Public Safety Committee did not vote on it, members were generally in favor of the proposal.

In Camas’ city limits, the sale, purchase and discharge of consumer fireworks are allowed July 1 through July 3, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., and July 4, between 9 a.m. and midnight. On July 5, fireworks can only be purchased and sold — discharge is not allowed.