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Fire officials warn against restricted fireworks

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The Fourth of July is a time for barbecues, flags, parades and of course fireworks. But local fire officials would like to remind residents of certain restrictions when it comes to lighting fireworks.

Oregon law prohibits the sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground.

Fireworks are also illegal on all Oregon beaches, in parks and campgrounds.

Oregonians can be fined up to $500 for being in possession of any illegal fireworks. Offenders can also be arrested.

Those wishing to report illegal fireworks can call the following numbers: 

  • Multnomah County: (503) 823-3333 
  • Clackamas County: (503) 655-8211 
  • Washington County: (503) 629-0111

If you are going to light a firework, fire officials recommend lighting it on a non-flammable surface like concrete or asphalt. Firework enthusiasts should also keep a bucket of water or a garden hose on hand.

All fireworks are banned within Vancouver city limits due to the increasing numbers of injuries and urban fires related to fireworks.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of your own fireworks, several shows will be taking place around the area. Click here for a full list of Independence Day events.

Animal shelters are expecting to be busy with an influx of strays scared by the sounds of fireworks. Experts are asking pet owners to keep their animals calm as much as possible and to have them wear their license tags in case the animals do escape. 

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