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Eugene Ordinance Restricts Fireworks Usage To New Year's

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If you’re planning to celebrate the New Year with fireworks, remember Eugene has new restrictions on their use. Now, there are two windows for legal fireworks to be set off: December 31st through January 1st and around the 4th of July.

Fireworks are no longer legal year round in Eugene. The city approved the changes due to frequent use and a concern for fires and the wellbeing of community members.

Scott Fellman a lieutenant with the Eugene Police department says he wants to remind people that they are only allowed to buy fireworks at licensed stands.

Fellman: “We also want to take the opportunity to remind people that any fireworks that are illegal otherwise that you can’t buy at the licensed stands you can’t use anytime. We will have extra officers out doing fireworks enforcements this New Year’s so if you have that kind of stuff, please don’t use it. And if you’re looking to get rid of it, give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule a pick up for you to get any illegal fireworks that you may have turned in without any issues.”

Fellman says with the exception of a few isolated instances, people seem to be following the new rules. He says there seems to be less illegal fireworks used this year.