Fireworks: Keep it safe, keep it legal


Oregon, Washington have very different laws

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s the 4th of July. There’s food, fun and fireworks — but with the fireworks you need to keep it safe and legal.

Many Oregonians head to Washington to buy fireworks and shoot them off in Oregon. TVF&R Captain Tim Nokes said that’s a big no-no. The laws governing what is and isn’t legal are very different.

“In Oregon the law basically says nothing can explode, nothing can fly through the air and nothing can travel erratically across the ground,” Nokes told KOIN 6 News.

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Even after all the admonitions, firefighters say illegal fireworks burning people and property around the 4th of July are common calls for help.

The motto at TVF&R is “Keep it legal. Keep it safe.” Have a fire extinguisher at hand when lighting fireworks. Soak them in water when the canisters are spent because they smolder and can set fires hours after they’ve been used.

And as everyone celebrates independence, law enforcement will be out making sure you’re staying within the rules.

“We’ll have some of our deputy fire marshals riding around with our local law enforcement partners so we’ll be out watching for illegal fireworks and you can be cited and fined and confiscated,” Nokes said. “And I think the big thing to remember is you can be held civilly liable for any damage you cause by using those illegal fireworks.”

Watch the 4th of July fireworks from downtown Portland on KOIN 6 News and on starting at 10 p.m. Thursday.

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