CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Every year Fire District 3 (FD3) goes to every one of the tents and stands selling fireworks in its service area to make sure the tents and the fireworks they are selling are safe and legal for families to celebrate with on the 4th of July.
"One way I can tell is if it has the safe and sane sticker on it," said Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Northrop. "It will also tell me what it does, which is nice."
Northrop has to check every single type sold at each tent.
"Most of them I remember from year to year and a lot of them have descriptions of what they do and we know if they are legal or not," Northrop added. "Some of them actually have a QR code you can scan and it'll bring up a video of it on your phone. If I don't know what it is, the fireworks manufacturers are really good about making sure they are legal."
One of the tents Northrop inspected Monday afternoon is the Discount Fireworks Superstore. It is right next to the Family Fun Center and the Jackson County Expo. It's been around for decades and usually carries about 175 different kinds of fireworks. Employees said this yearly inspection may make other people at other stands nervous but they're used to it and welcome it.
"We're very comfortable with it," said Discount Fireworks employee Karen King. "We don't want to break any rules. We want to know if there is anything here that we shouldn't have."
This 4th of July, you can buy your fireworks and light them with your family. The Jackson County Expo and FD3 are holding a Public Launch Zone. It's a 10,000 square foot area right behind the Family Fun Center. Crews from FD3 will be there to make sure everyone has fun with safety in mind.
"What a great idea it would be to have an area designated for families to come in since there is already going to be tons of people already here as they enjoy the festivities." added Ashley Blakely with FD3. "Let's have a safe place for them to bring their family to do them right in this area."
Families can light their own fireworks from 5-9 pm. If anyone is caught igniting fireworks outside of the public launch area they will be asked to leave the Expo immediately. You can pick up a free parking permit at any of the fireworks stands in the FD3 area. You can also pick one up when you get to the area or print one off of FD3’s Facebook page.
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