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City of Eugene may add restrictions to fireworks

Officials said over the past few years they have received high numbers of complaints, so they are trying to find a way to curb the issue.

Posted: May 14, 2018 7:14 PM
Updated: May 14, 2018 7:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene City Councilors are discussing a proposed ordinance that would add restrictions to fireworks used in the city at the city council meeting Monday.

The ordinance has the potential to limit the dates commercial fireworks can be used and the days a public display can be held in the city.

Officials said over the past few years they have received high numbers of complaints about fireworks, so they are trying to find a way to curb the issue.

Amy Linder, a fire marshal with Eugene Springfield Fire, said most of the concerns are from people using illegal fireworks they have brought into the community. She said those fireworks tend to be noisier and more dangerous.

Currently, you can buy and use fireworks from June 23 to July 6, but the councilors are considering limiting the days they can be used to possibly three or four days in the summer around the Fourth of July and during the New Year’s holiday.

“We really want to make the holiday enjoyable for everybody and making sure those who may not particularly enjoy fireworks at least can plan around it and they know when they can be used and when can't they can't be used,” Linder said.

The councilors can either decide on the proposed ordinance or they can take no action. Either way, officials said this would not have any impact on the days fireworks can legally be purchased.

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