Each year in the United States, we celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks - the things of which happy memories are made. But sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events and injuries resulting from illegal fireworks use and is both traumatizing and harmful to children, animals, and a growing number of war veterans who deserve our loyalty the most.
Completely aside from the danger (both legal and personal) of exploding illegal fireworks, there's a huge risk of fire and property damage.
Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. Oregon law forbids possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.
Under Oregon law, officials may seize illegal fireworks fining offenders up to $1000 per violation including possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage or misuse of fireworks carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
Portland Fire & Rescue and our partner agencies ask you to consider the negative effects of illegal fireworks on our community and encourages participation in one of the numerous professional fireworks displays in our region, which are put on for all citizens to enjoy in a safe and legal manner. At PF&R, our goal is to make the 4th of July safer for all citizens one neighborhood at a time. Thank you for your support.
Operation: Lower the Boom
Every year, Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Police conduct "Operation: Lower the Boom". Lower the Boom is a program that includes a public information campaign to explain which fireworks are legal in Oregon and, closer to July 4th, a combined force of fire and police teams respond to locations where illegal fireworks are being used.
Community members are urged to call the non-emergency number, 503-823-3333, if illegal fireworks are being used. While there are often long waits on the phone line, Lower the Boom teams are dispatched during peak hours. Citations, fines, and confiscation of the illegal fireworks are some fo the consequences of illegal fireworks useage.