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First responders urge fireworks safety on Fourth of July

If you are worried about illegal fireworks in your neighborhood, you can download a new app called Fireworks Alert to submit a picture and description of the fireworks.

Posted: Jun 25, 2018 6:45 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2018 6:54 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- With summer is in full swing and Fourth of July just days away, first responders are reminding people to keep safety in mind while celebrating.

In Eugene you can only use fireworks July 3 and 4, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Firefighters said you can't light off anything that explodes, travels or flies more than a foot in the air or six feet horizontally. Firefighters are asking people to remember that fireworks can be noisy and can cause problems for people who might be sensitive to loud noises. In addition to the loud noise fireworks create, firefighters said they can also be a fire hazard.

When it comes to fireworks, Springfield residents have mixed feelings.


"I think it's great. I think it shows the country's independence, to express your feelings, happiness. The children love it,” Springfield resident John Sauvie said. “I don't mind the noise too much it's part of fireworks."

"It's getting a little bit ridiculous. Some of their big ones go off early in the morning, late at night -- it's bad," Bob Demuth, also a Springfield resident, said.

If you are worried about illegal fireworks in your neighborhood, you can download a new app called Fireworks Alert to submit a picture and description of the fireworks.

Firefighters can then use the information to identify future problem areas for education and enforcement efforts.

Police want people to know that people can drop off their illegal fireworks July 1 without getting cited at the parking lot at 2nd and Chambers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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