Fireworks noise complaints not high priority

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Many people enjoy watching and discharging fireworks, an icon of the July 4th holiday. But for pet owners or anyone trying to get to sleep early, fireworks can be the bane of their existence. Before you early birds reach for that phone, city and county officials suggest holding off on dialing 911 about common noise complaints.

“You have to judge the severity of the situation,” said Kim Kapp, a representative of the Vancouver Police Department.

During the holidays, increased fire and police staff have higher priority calls. With people out enjoying the holiday, more people are drinking, driving, and potentially misusing fireworks.

Clark County Fire Marshal John Dunaway suggests calling 911 about the reckless use of fireworks or any use of fireworks that puts people or property in danger. If excessive noise occurs after the allowed time in your jurisdiction, or you suspect illegal fireworks use, then call 911. However, don’t expect noise complaints to be a priority.

Fireworks stands can operate in Clark County from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. through July 4.

Legal discharge hours

Unincorporated areas: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1-3; 9 a.m. to midnight July 4.

Vancouver: 9 a.m to 11 p.m. July 1-3; 9 a.m. to midnight July 4.

Battle Ground: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29-July 3, 9 a.m. to midnight July 4; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 5.

Camas: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1-3; 9 a.m. to midnight July 4.

Washougal: 9 a.m. to midnight July 4.

Ridgefield: 9 a.m to 11 p.m. June 29- July 3 ; 9 a.m. to midnight July 4; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 5.

La Center: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 29-July 3; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.

Yacolt: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29-July 3 ; 9a.m. to midnight July 4.