EUGENE, Ore. — A local church is ready to speak out about fireworks at a Eugene City Council work session Monday night.
Crossfire Ministries sells fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.
Their pastor, Aaron Taylor says the church would have to shut down a number of its outreach programs if fireworks were banned.
He says each year the church brings in more than $300,000 from firework sales alone, which helps keep homeless programs, camps for kids and feeding programs afloat.
Monday night’s council discussion is centered around safety, stemming from a fire ignited by fireworks, which destroyed a home on Lakeview Drive this summer.
Pastor Taylor says people just need to be smart when using fireworks.
“Most of the fireworks caused fires or injuries are from illegal fireworks. Period. Now are some? Yes. But there are also people driving cars, and get in accidents and we don’t ban cars,” said Taylor.
Pastor Taylor says this is a matter of taking away too many rights and he and a group of people from the church plan to be at the work session to voice their opinions.