MEDFORD, Ore--- As you enter 4th of July celebrations, it is important to understand the fines of using your fireworks illegally.
This year the City of Medford changed some of the fireworks laws.
Fireworks can now be used in Medford from July 1 to July 6. However, they can never be used in hazardous wildfire areas, the Bear Creek Greenway, any city park, or any public school.
The fine can now be as much as 2,500 dollars.
Sometimes, people can alter fireworks (much like a "Screaming Willy") to be more explosive than shower emitting. If you do this, it is important to understand that it can result in felony charges for manufacturing roadside explosives. This is an offense that can result in prison time.
According to Deputy Fire Marshal Steve Park with Medford Fire Rescue, it is very easy to tell if your fireworks are legal. You can either read the labels, or check for a logo. If you see the black and white logo that says "Safe and Sane," that firework is legal. If it does not have that logo, it is not worth the risk.
Not only can you get in serious trouble for using fireworks outside of the legal zones, you can get seriously injured trying to alter them.