Fireworks or fines? What to know for Fourth of July in Eugene and Springfield

Fireworks that explode, shoot into the air and lift above 12 inches off the ground are considered illegal in the state of Oregon.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 6:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- It's almost the Fourth of July, and many are looking forward to the fireworks, but officials say to be careful where and when you're lighting them off. 

According to a city ordinance, Eugene and Springfield residents can only light fireworks on four days: Jan. 1 and 2 and July 3 and 4. This is in response to noise complaints and safety concerns. 

RELATED: EUGENE TIGHTENS FIREWORKS RULES

Fireworks that explode, shoot into the air and lift above a foot off the ground are considered illegal in the state of Oregon. Violators could face a base fine of $250 and possible jail time. 

Aaron Taylor, a volunteer for the Firework Factory Outlet in Eugene said that all fireworks, illegal or not, should always be watched closely. 

"We just encourage close, responisble adult supervision. Not just adult supervision -- responsible adult supervision," Taylor said. "We also ask that people just be real cautious with dry grass, low hanging trees, stuff like that."

The Eugene Police Department will have extra officers on duty for the Fourth to make sure all regulations are being followed. They have  released an app that allows residents to report violators by submitting a photo or video of them.

Police will also be holding an amesty day on June 30 that allows residents to turn in their illegal fireworks without getting fine. Residents can turn in illegal fireworks at the West 2nd Avenue and Chambers Street parking lot without receiving a citation.

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