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Officials offer safety tips as fireworks sales start in Oregon

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Fireworks tents are starting to pop up with the Independence Day just a week and a half away, and local officials asking fireworks buyers to be safe and sensitive to their neighbors.

Local fire officials held their annual fireworks safety event Thursday. They said the best and the safest way to enjoy fireworks is just attend an organized display and leave it up to the professionals.

For those who want to light fireworks at home, officials warned to never try to re-light a dud and to keep a garden hose or a bucket of water nearby,

They also said to keep children and pets a safe distance away from fireworks and do not even attempt to use illegal fireworks in Oregon, or else face a fine of at least $1,000.

In addition to thinking about safety, Deanna Erhardt with the Department of Veterans Affairs asks that people consider how fireworks might affect veterans in their neighborhood.

“We have a lot of veterans with PTSD, and the sound of the booms and the firecrackers will set off their PTSD from maybe their combat experiences,” she said. “They end up having flashbacks, and it’s a very rough time for them.”

On the Fourth of July weekend, the Portland Fire & Rescue will have a special phone line set up so people can call to report anyone using illegal fireworks.  The number is 503-823-boom.

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