EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County Commissioners are set to begin early discussions on a potential ban on fireworks on Tuesday.
According to a staff memo, commissioners have been receiving many emails from residents asking for a ban on fireworks out of concern for wildfire, the impact on pets as well as veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
In mid-June, county commissioners asked staff to explore what a potential ban would look like and if it is legal, but recognized it could not happen in time for the Fourth of July holiday.
After research, the county determined a ban at the county level is within the scope of the law, but many questions remain about what it would look like. Commissioners will need to decide whether the ban applies to the manufacturing, sale or use of fireworks. They also need to decide for how long a ban would be in place.
A draft ordinance banning fireworks in unincorporated areas has already been created.
The Lane County Board voted Tuesday to schedule a first reading and a public hearing on the proposed ban in August.