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Oregon State Fire Marshal issues warning about fireworks

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Possible fireworks ban in the works

SALEM, Ore. -- Fireworks sales season begins tomorrow and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is urging Oregonians to keep their usage of fireworks legal and safe.

With fire season fast approaching, some counties and cities in Oregon have put in place regulations and bans on the sale or use of fireworks. The OSFM recommends that residents be aware of and follow local rules on fireworks use this coming Fourth of July.

“We ask that those using fireworks be responsible when using them,” Said Mark Johnson, OSFM Assistant Chief Deputy. “Every year, we see fires started because of improper use or use of illegal fireworks. Our message is to keep it legal and keep it safe as people celebrate the holiday.”

Fire officials encourage everyone to practice firework safety this summer. That includes keeping water nearby to extinguish any fires, keeping children and pets away from fireworks, not using fireworks near dry grass or vegetation, and only using legal fireworks in legal places.

Officials say that Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly into the air, explode, or travel more than 12 feet horizontally across the ground. Violators of this law will be charged with a misdemeanor and fined for up to $2,500. In addition, the OSFM says that those who cause damage with fireworks will be liable to pay the costs for fire suppression and other damages.

The OSFM says that fireworks of all types are illegal to use on public lands and some private properties protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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