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Fourth of July Firework Safety

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WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and with just two more weeks to go, fire crews are urging people to light fireworks with caution.

In Oregon only certain fireworks are allowed to be sold.  Those that fly in the air, like bottle rockets and fire crackers, are illegal in the state of Oregon.

With fire danger already at high, fire officials said it is extremely important to set off fireworks in a safe area, away from dry grass and brush.

“A driveway, a parking lot, something where if the fireworks get a little bit out of control or fall over or bounce in an unpredictable manner, it is not going to spread or start a fire,” said Mark Northrop, Deputy Fire Marshal with Jackson County Fire District Three.

Northrop said one of the most dangerous types of fireworks are sparklers because young children tend to use them and get burnt.  It is also a good idea when lighting fireworks, to use a barbeque lighter or a device that keeps a person’s hand at a safe distance from the firework, just in case it goes off unexpectedly.

Fire officials said the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public display where safety mechanisms will be in place.

For local firework restrictions, contact your local fire department.