The Camas City Council will accept public comment on Monday, March 7, regarding a proposal to reduce the number of days and hours fireworks are legal within city limits.
The changes that are part of a “preferred option” would make the legal use and sale period run from July 1 to July 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight.
The proposal trims the usage period by a total of four days. Currently, for the Fourth of July holiday, sales and use are allowed from June 28 to July 5.
For the New Year’s holiday, legal use days and times would be unchanged. Fireworks can be discharged Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and sold from Dec. 27 to Dec. 31, from noon to 11 p.m., each day.
Although concern about misuse of fireworks has been brought to the attention of the City Council by citizens several times in the past, serious discussions about changing the city’s regulations began in August 2010 after a Camas woman described her a suspicion that her horse’s death in July occurred as a result of becoming spooked after hearing some loud fireworks. The horse later had to be put down.