Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of any fireworks that fly, explode, travel more than one foot into the air, or more than six feet off the ground. These fireworks are illegal because they are dangerous. The use of illegal fireworks is not a victimless crime and every year people are injured and property is damaged by this activity. In 2012, there were 161 fireworks related fires in Oregon that caused an estimated $233,673 in damage. Last year, 36 people were injured by fireworks across the state.
It's still too early to cull the 2013 fireworks statistics, but just a few anecdotes from this year in our area on July 4th alone include illegal fireworks causing a significant duplex fire in Sellwood that downed a power line and displaced residents; and a misfired illegal firework in Northeast Portland sending two bystanders to the hospital and causing a man to be arrested.
Lt. Rich Chatman PIO, Media pgr. 503-940-6003