Firework Season Brings Safety Concerns

EUGENE, Ore. — Fire officials and firework vendors are encouraging customers to put safety first this holiday season. Firework sales officially started on June 23 and will run through July 6.

There were 161 reported fires related to fireworks in Oregon last year, and Oregon fire officials are hoping to cut down the number this year.  In order to stay safe while lighting fireworks, keep water nearby and stay at least 20 feet away from fireworks that shoot out. Tampering with explosives is illegal, and faulty fireworks should be soaked in water 20 minutes after failing.

Willamette Valley Fire marshals may choose to limit the use of fireworks this year because of Oregon’s record dry weather. A decision will be made Monday on a potential Eugene firework ban. Oregon is still about 15.5 inches behind on rainfall this year, leading to obstacles with backyard burning, wildfire season, and fireworks. The potential ban could include South Hills, Spencer Butte, Skinner Butte, and the Willagillespie area, as well as firework dates for the rest of the city.

The decision will be made depending on weather conditions and will be released after Monday’s City Council Work Session.

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