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Firework safety checklist

The Fourth of July is about a week away. Before you start celebrating, take a look at this firework safety checklist.

Posted: Jun 26, 2019 6:49 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- Ground blooms, screaming willys and sparklers are all legal for the Fourth of July. But you need more than a spark around if you are going to light one.

"Water, buckets of water, hoses of water," said Jason Trout, TNT Fireworks Regional Manager. "Any amount of water is helpful."
Fireworks should be launched from a flat surface, according to Trout.

"Cinderblocks are a great thing to use because you can put the item in the hole of the cinderblock and then it won't tump over," Trout said.

If you are still looking to buy fireworks for the Fourth of July, there is an easy way to tell whether a firework is legal in Oregon. Illegal fireworks have a label that says, "shoots flaming balls." Legal fireworks are labelled, "emits showers of sparks." Using illegal fireworks is a Class B Misdemeanor and could result in a $2500 fine.

"You have to think about it beyond just fireworks," said Sergeant Julie Denney from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. "If you start a fire and it causes damage you could be held liable for damages."

Fireworks are banned from certain places in the state. They are not allowed to be used on Oregon beaches, on Oregon Department of Forestry land or any federal lands.

Each city in Southern Oregon has different firework rules. Check your city's website to see where you can and cannot launch fireworks this Fourth of July.

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