Fireworks sales steady in Clark County despite Vancouver ban

first_imgLocal fireworks stands reported steady sales for this year’s Fourth of July celebration, but they say a citywide ban in Vancouver nearly made it a dud.As one fireworks stand put it, they had to overcome “a lot of confusion” among their customers, particularly with people from out of town.“They were not even sure if they could buy them,” said Gene Marlow, who has run Mean Gene’s Fireworks for the past three decades. “They thought we could only sell the stuff they sell in Oregon, and that we couldn’t sell any of the stuff we’ve been able to sell for the last 30 years.”The confusion, Marlow said, stemmed from the ban on sales and ignition of fireworks in Vancouver city limits. The ordinance went into effect in time for this summer’s Fourth of July celebration, and many buyers, particularly people from out of town, seemed to shy away.“Traffic was definitely off,” said Beau Leach, general manager of TNT Fireworks Vancouver. “The average sale was better than it’s ever been, with people stocking up and taking advantage of some discounts, but the overall traffic was definitely altered by the ban.”last_img read more