EUGENE, Ore. --- Eugene Police said there was an uptick in illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July, keeping call takers very busy.
Central Lane 911 call takers were busy with more than 116 calls for service regarding illegal fireworks between 8 p.m. July 4 and 2 a.m. July 5.
To put this number in perspective, last Fourth of July they had only 40 calls for service regarding illegal fireworks.
Fireworks can be sold through July 6.
Consumer fireworks discharges within the Eugene city limits are restricted to July 3 and 4. Public commercial displays are allowed July 3-5.
Eugene Police will be staffing additional officers for the holiday weekend, including officers detached for patrolling areas with high density of fireworks-related complaint calls and or visible displays of fireworks.
Fire crews will patrol neighborhoods in their response areas on July 4, to note and report illegal fireworks activity. EPD crime prevention specialists will make contact at locations of reported illegal use from last year.
To report illegal fireworks within the Eugene city limits, call 541-682-5111.
The base fine for illegal fireworks is $250.
The social host ordinance also applies to fireworks. The ordinance on unruly gatherings, holds individuals criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering.
Property owners where the event is hosted will also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance at the same property.
The Eugene Municipal Court has assigned a base fine of $375 for criminal violations of this ordinance. Both hosts and property owners could be civilly liable for police, fire and public works response to repeated illegal gatherings that fall under this ordinance.