MEDFORD, Ore. — Legal firework sales will continue through July 6th, but where and when you can set them off depends on where you live.
No fireworks can be set off in Ashland at all. The lone exception is the display that will take place on the Southern Oregon University athletic field. In Grants Pass, fire works can only be set off on the fourth of July from 6 to 11 at night, but not in steep slope developments. In Medford, fireworks can be set off from now until July 6th, but not east of Foothill Road, on the Bear Creek Greenway or at parks and schools.
“They do come with a fine of $150 or $500 depending on the offense. We can seize them and aside from that, there’s a lot of criminal and civil penalties that would go along with any type of fire or damage that would be caused from illegal fireworks, ” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Medford police said the dry weather conditions and fire danger are why they are not cutting any slack.
“We are going to be actively enforcing that this year and issuing citations. In years passed, we’ve been somewhat leniant. Not anymore, we’re actually issuing citations as much as we can when it comes to fireworks offenses,” said Lt. Budreau.