Fourth of July wouldn't be the same without fireworks, but police and firefighters will be cracking down this year on people using them illegally.
Already, fireworks are blamed for a duplex fire in Salem, according to police. Crews across the region are bracing for what could be a very busy holiday.
Firefighters and law enforcement will be on patrol, citing anyone found with illegal fireworks. The rules vary between what can be sold in Oregon compared to Washington.
Fines can cost hundreds of dollars and up to $1,000 in Portland, according to police.
In Oregon, fireworks that fly or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air are against the law, including bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers.
"Keep it legal, keep it safe," urged Karen Eubanks of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. She says crews typically field dozens of fireworks related calls surrounding the Fourth.
"I don't think people realize even legal fireworks can be unsafe," said Eubanks.
Firefighters urge people to use fireworks outdoors, on a paved surface, away from buildings, cars and vegetation, and have a source of water or hose nearby. Only adults should light or handle fireworks; children should be supervised at all times.
For more information on firework safety and what's legal in Oregon, go to http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Fireworks_2007.shtml.
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