Ready, set ... KA-BOOM!

By Jane Stebbins, Pilot staff writer June 22, 2012 09:28 pm

 

John Wood, Madi Connolly and Colin Wood set up the Crackle ­Jax fireworks stand. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
 

Fireworks sales crews at three large, white tents in Harbor were making last minute preparation Friday for the start of fireworks season today (June 23).

Meanwhile, fire and safety officials are urging people to keep it safe to keep them legal.

The “season” runs through July 6.

 

“We want people to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted and steps to take for fireworks safety,” said State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace.

Last year, there were 172 fireworks-related fires reported in the state, resulting in more than $1 million in property damage.

 Over the past five years,  942 fireworks-related fires were reported, resulting in one death, 85 injuries and more than $4.6 million in property damage. 

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only legal fireworks and use them carefully,” Wallace said.

For starters, people can only purchase fireworks from permitted retailers and stands, and regulations limit where those fireworks can be used.

Fireworks that fly, explode, travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air are illegal, as are bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers.

Fireworks are prohibited on all beaches, parks and campgrounds.

Under state law, officials can seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 for each violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire-fighting costs and for other damage.

Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.