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Authorities Call On Residents To Report Illegal Fireworks Ahead Of July 4th

Craighton Miller

Eugene-Springfield officials want the public’s help in tracking illegal fireworks. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Between now and June 30th, Eugene police and fire authorities want leads on addresses where people have used explosive and uncontrolled fireworks. These include Roman candles, bottle rockets, and any other pyrotechnic device that flies through the air or ejects balls of fire. 

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Some fireworks spray sparks and fireballs every which way, making EPD and fire officials wary.

Debbie Janecek of the Eugene Police says illegal fireworks are of great concern.

“Obviously there’s the safety issue, they can be very unpredictable," explains Janecek.

"There’s the fire safety issue with things that can go up into the air like they do and not knowing where they’re going to come down.

"When it comes to the tips of locations of past use, our crime prevention specialists will be going into those areas and trying to make some proactive contacts with people, to prevention contacts just to ask them to keep it safe and to keep it legal.” 

Tips can be called in to the EPD’s non-emergency phone number.

People caught with illegal fireworks can be fined up to $2,500 and face a six-month jail sentence.  Last year in Oregon, nearly 200 fireworks-related fires caused half a million dollars in property damage.

Copyright 2017, KLCC.  

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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