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Port District OKs hosting of annual fireworks event

Klickitat County Port District Commissioners recently approved a resolution that authorized the hosting of an annual 4th of July fireworks event on Port property for the personal discharge of legal fireworks.

The use of Port property by the public for such an event will be subject to seven provisions contained in the resolution titled “Authorizing an Annual Fireworks Event”:

NHosting of the event shall be at the discretion of the Port’s executive director. The event will not be held when a condition of extreme fire danger exists, or in the absence of sufficient personnel to police the event.

NThe event may take place only on July 4, from 8 to 11 p.m.

NThe discharge of fireworks shall be limited to common areas designated for such use by the executive director.

NThe executive director shall take appropriate steps to protect Port, lessee, and neighboring property, and to ensure the safety and security of the public.

NThe discharge of fireworks must be done in accordance with state law, all Port Commission regulations, and all rules established by the executive director pursuant to the resolution.

NIllegal fireworks, alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, pets, firearms, and the discharge of fireworks by minors not accompanied by an adult are prohibited at any such event.

NThe executive director shall seek and secure the support, cooperation, and participation, including the contribution of funds and/or personnel, of the cities of Bingen and White Salmon, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, any local Hospital or EMS district, and others.

In the resolution’s recitals, the Port Commission stated Bingen and White Salmon both have asked the Port District to “provide a controlled area in which their residents may discharge legal fireworks” and “the commission desires to support the neighboring cities…to protect Klickitat County from the threat of fire, and to provide its constituents with a safe location in which to celebrate Independence Day and engage in the traditional activities related thereto.”

Through the years, the Port Commission has allowed the public to discharge fireworks at Bingen Point, for example, on a temporary “do it yourself” basis to evaluate the risks and feasibility of hosting such an event.

“The commission has found no cause to cease or suspend said fireworks event and deems such an event feasible and desirable on a permanent basis,” one recital stated.


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