PF&R Safety Reminder For July4th Fireworks

Portland Fire and Rescue
Portland Fire and Rescue

June 30, 2020 16:40


As we head into the July 4th holiday, it is extremely important that all residents of our community are aware of the fire danger we are facing in the city and surrounding areas.

With no professional fireworks displays this year due to COVID-19, we expect household firework use to be far greater than usual. All of us at PF&R are concerned about your safety and we would like you to please pay close attention to the following advice:  


  • Only call 911 if there is an emergency, such as a fire or other urgent life safety issue. Do  not call 911 to report illegal fireworks.
  • If you use fireworks that you cannot control or predict, such as: aerials & travelling fireworks -i.e. mortars, bottle rockets -there is a VERY high probability you will start a building or brush fire.
  • If you start a fire or hurt someone, you can be held personally liable and face criminal prosecution.

Please only use fireworks that you purchased in Oregon, use them safely and have a fun July 4th!

MEDIA FIREWORKS DEMO: Members of the media are invited to see a demonstration of how to safely use fireworks, how to dispose of them and talk about common household dangers during fireworks season. Demo’s will happen Wednesday July 1st and Thursday July 2nd between 12pm-3pm.

Email your demo request to for location and time.

Short fireworks demo video: