EPD encourages safe firework handling this week
As of yesterday, set fireworks are legal in Eugene/Springfield. Ever year beginning June 23 and ending July 6 fireworks can be bought at retail fireworks outlets.
Legal fireworks include fountains, spinners and wheels. Only fireworks that produce smoke, sparks or fire but do not explode, travel more than 12 inches into the air or more than 6 feet on the ground are considered legal in Oregon.
The Eugene Police Department and Metro Explosive Disposal Unit will be taking steps to reduce unlawful displays and provide education as well as awareness about legal vs. illegal displays.
Anyone in possession of illegal fireworks can turn them in at the Emergency Services Training Center on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. without facing charges.
A base fine of $375 has been set for individuals “criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering,” according to an announcement sent out by EPD. “Property owners where the vent is hosted will also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance at the same property.”
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