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Posted on: July 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Fireworks Safety Tips

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Eugene Springfield Fire responds to five fireworks related fires on average in the month of July. These fires can be avoided by following a few safety tips.


  • Remember the “4 Be’s”:
    • Be Responsible.
      • Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.
      • Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly.
      • Never re-light “dud” fireworks. Wait 15-20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water.
    • Be Prepared.
      • Store fireworks out of a child’s reach.
      • Always read and follow label directions.
      • Bring pets indoors; they frighten easily.
      • Always have water readily available.
    • Be Aware.
      • Use only legal fireworks.
      • Use fireworks in legal places.
      • Fireworks are prohibited on all beaches, state parks, and start or federal forest lands.
      • Never alter fireworks.
    • Be Safe.
      • Only an adult should light fireworks. 
      • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
      • Light only one firework at a time and move away.
      • Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.


EUGENE AND SPRINGFIELD ILLEGAL FIREWORKS AMNESTY TURN-IN DAY

If you have illegal fireworks at your home, there is an opportunity for you to get rid of them without getting cited!

Illegal Fireworks Amnesty Turn-in Day will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3. 


Locations:

  • Eugene, 1705 W. 2nd Avenue (Emergency Services Training Center)
  • Springfield 1225 28th Street (Eugene Springfield Fire Station 3)


The event is only open to private individuals, not commercial parties. Do NOT take fireworks to a police or fire station. 

 

TEMPORARY SOUTH HILLS FIREWORKS BAN

In June 2021, Eugene City Council voted unanimously to temporarily ban all fireworks in the south hills, south from 18th Avenue and east of Agate Street through 2022. This ban was a necessary step for public health and safety. The ban includes legal fireworks like fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners and wheels. The temporary ban penalty is a fine not to exceed $500. The presumptive fine is $250. 

 

CITY ORDINANCE (APPLYING TO ALL EUGENE CITY LOCATIONS) 

Fireworks went on sale June 23 and can be sold through July 6. Consumer fireworks discharges within the Eugene city limits are restricted to July 3 and 4, and December 31 and January 1. Commercial public displays with the Eugene city limits are restricted to July 3-5. 

 

OREGON LAW APPLYING TO FIREWORKS

Oregon law prohibits illegal fireworks, which include any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, throughout the entire city, without a permit. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon. 

  

Eugene Springfield Fire has a Fireworks App (Fireworks Alert)  - https://www.eugene-or.gov/120/Fire-and-Emergency-Medical-Services Look for the links to “Download Fireworks Alert App”. City officials receive the information along with the geo location from where the picture was taken. Reports will not result in immediate action. Information will be gathered and analyzed to identify areas of the community to target future education and enforcement efforts.


Reporting Illegal Fireworks

Report illegal fireworks use in progress in Eugene: 541.682.5111

Report Illegal fireworks use in progress in Springfield: 541.726.3714

Safety info at:  www.oregon.gov/osp/sfm


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