- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The city of Vancouver, Washington, is weighing a ban on personal fireworks within city limits following a Fourth of July that saw a spike in property damages and emergency calls.

The Columbian newspaper reports (https://is.gd/GaHjv8 ) that the Vancouver City Council appears to favor a ban though some wanted first to consider a citizens’ advisory vote.

The Vancouver Fire Department told the council on Monday that property loss from fireworks-related blazes peaked this year at more than $570,000. This year, emergency calls surged to an average of 900 a day around the holiday, a jump from previous years.

Under state law, changes to fireworks regulations require notice of 365 days. The council must have a new ordinance in place by July 3, 2016 for it to be effective the following year.

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Information from: The Columbian, https://www.columbian.com

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