Illegal Fireworks Turn In

illegal-fireworksEUGENE, Ore. — The fourth of July is just around the corner and law enforcement is upping the effort to get rid of illegal fireworks.

Eugene-Springfield Fire and Eugene police hosted a turn in Saturday. Officials say dozens of people stopped by the Second Avenue and Chambers training station and dropped off illegal fireworks.

They believe the “no questions asked” turn-in is helping motivate people to drop off items they’ve held on to for a long time.

“It helps people get rid of things they’ve had. Some of what we’ve collected, they’re 20 to 25 years old. People have had them in their attics and it’s a way for them to get rid of them without having to go out and launch them and create a fire problem,” said Keith Haggas, deputy fire marshal with Eugene-Springfield Fire.

Having illegal fireworks can result in fines up to $2,500 fine and six months in jail.