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Police seize more than 200 pounds of illegal fireworks

The number of illegal aerial fireworks increased this year.

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 12:40 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2020 1:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene police seized more than 200 pounds of illegal fireworks on Friday and Saturday.

This year, there was an uptick in calls for service regarding illegal fireworks this Fourth of July, keeping call takers very busy, police said. Central Lane 911 call takers took more than 116 such calls 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.

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A total of 235 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized this year, but no citations were issued, police said. The majority of calls were cleared with information and education provided to the people involved. All seized fireworks were given to the Metro Explosives Disposal Unit.

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The number of illegal commercial grade fireworks that were aerial fireworks increased as well, police said. They believe they were most likely bought out of state

To report illegal fireworks within the Eugene city limits, call 541-682-5111. The base fine for illegal fireworks is $250.

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