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Legal Fireworks Explained

With Fourth of July this week, some people may be wondering what's is legal to light up.

Amy Linder, deputy chief fire marshal, says in Oregon, all fireworks that travel more than six feet horizontally, go more than a foot into the air, and/or explode or shoot flames in any way are illegal.

“Fireworks are basically an ignition source or a source of injury. They’re hot and they cause burns,” says Linder. “So if we have something that’s flying through the air or travelling distances on the ground, they’re considered more dangerous and there’s a higher probability of fire or injury from those types of fireworks.”

In Eugene, it is only legal to shoot off fireworks on the third and Fourth of July, as well as December 31st and January 1st.

Eugene police collected 200 lbs of illegal fireworks last weekend at their amnesty takeback event.

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