By Chirsty Lewis
MEDFORD, Ore. — The drizzle outdoors didn’t stop fire officials from doing a fireworks demonstration on Friday. Many fireworks are illegal across Oregon, but even those that are legal can still cause problems.
Lots of sparks spew out of some fireworks, and those molten metal shavings are nearly 2,000 degrees. It only takes 400 degrees for dry grass to catch fire. Fire officials suggest having a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water on hand if you plan to set off fireworks.
The Oregon Department of Forestry says the number of firework-related fires overall has dropped over the last few years, but officials are quick to prevent a reversal in the trend. If you are responsible for negligent use of a firework and start a fire, the state of Oregon will charge you for all dispatched vehicles.
The state of Oregon also placed restrictions on setting off any kind of bottle rocket, Roman candle or firecracker. If you plan to purchase fireworks within Medford city limits, they’re most likely legal. In Ashland, it’s illegal to set any kind of fireworks off; in fact, you can’t even purchase them in the city.