EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to temporarily ban the use of fireworks in a segment of southeast Eugene Monday night.
The ban is in effect for areas south of 18th Avenue and east of Agate Street. In this area, fireworks will be prohibited through the remainder of 2021 and 2022. The sale of fireworks is also banned in this area in 2022.
Council members shared that the temporary ban is due to the area’s drought conditions and the potential for wildfires.
This comes as the Eugene City Council passed a motion proposed by City Councilor Matt Keating on May 24 regarding the temporary ban.
This decision was made in a public hearing Monday evening.
Eugene resident Jude Cloud said that although he enjoys fireworks, he supports the proposed temporary ban.
"I love fireworks, they are gorgeous, and they are pretty," Cloud said. "But with how likely it is for a fire to come from them, I think a temporary ban would be beneficial."
As of now, Oregon law bans the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet across the ground. You can only light fireworks on July 3 and 4, December 31, and New Year's Day in Eugene.
Possession of illegal fireworks is a class B misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of $2,500 and six months in jail.
Eugene resident Todd Shorask said he is also in favor of the proposed ban.
"I'm fine if they ban fireworks in the south university neighborhood," Shorask said. "I can get all the fireworks I need at Autzen or someplace like that."