Eugene To Vote On Fireworks Restrictions

FireworksEUGENE, Ore. — The 4th of July is just two weeks away and city councilors in Eugene are getting ready to vote on two ordinances that could impact this year’s celebration.

The ordinances are now on Monday’s agenda. The first proposes a potential $500 fine if you get caught using fireworks outside of July 3rd to the 5th or December 31st to January 1st. The second defines illegal use of fireworks as an offense in the current “unruly gathering” ordinance.

If at least two thirds of councilors vote to approve the ordinances, the council could adopt them as early as this 4th of July. A simple majority would result in a 30-day effective date.

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  1. Robin says:

    Is this the role of the city council? Is there a point where they do not have the authority to regulate the citizenry’s behavior? I am very concerned here. Not because I am particularly enthralled with fire crackers of any sort. But because there are already laws in place regarding noise and I don’t think that the enforcement of this ordinance would be any more effective. This is a case of micromanagement. And where is the boundary between micromanagement and a sense of empowerment to control all behavior? We already have the plastic bag ban. And the city is too lazy to collect the nickel they have forced businesses to charge for a paper bag. So what is the point, except to “shape behavior” as Councilman Pryor is fond of saying. Why is the council authorized and empowered to “shape behavior”?

    What is the role of government in Eugene? Will they now start requiring that we ride our bicycles to work 3 days a week (MWF) and if we are caught driving will be fined? Or perhaps we will have to pay an extra tax for ordering pizza with extra cheese. Or the city will ban anything but organic fertilizer, etc. I fear we are headed to a place of limitation on freedom that none of us really would want. All in the name of the ‘greater good’.

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