La Center limits fireworks usage

first_imgLA CENTER — City councilors in La Center are the latest to limit fireworks use, joining what Mayor Greg Thornton called a “countywide effort” to look at fireworks ordinances.At their meeting on Wednesday, the councilors voted unanimously to limit fireworks discharge to July 3 and 4 and authorize the fire marshal to restrict the discharge of all fireworks in the event of unfavorable fire conditions.Currently, the city allows fireworks use from June 29 through July 4. The new regulations will start in 2019.La Center councilors restricting fireworks use follows similar votes in Ridgefield, Camas, Battle Ground and Clark County in recent months. Ridgefield officials voted to limit fireworks discharge to July 4, Camas councilors limited fireworks use to July 4 and Dec. 31, Battle Ground councilors voted to allow fireworks on July 3 and 4 and the Clark County Council voted to restrict fireworks use in unincorporated areas to July 4.Some other municipalities also limited the number of days where fireworks could be sold.La Center city councilors will continue to allow fireworks to be sold from June 28 through July 4, as councilors don’t want to negatively affect the local groups that sell fireworks as fundraisers. Daniel Kearns, the city’s attorney, said allowing fireworks sales for seven days will also ensure there is a weekend with sales every year.Andy Taylor, a member of the La Center Lions Club, said the fireworks booth is the club’s biggest fundraiser each year. The Lions use money from the fireworks booth, as well as other fundraisers, for their scholarship program, food baskets and canned food drive.last_img read more