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Fireworks amnesty yields 245 pounds of explosives

2022 fireworks amnesty
Eugene Police Department
A photo of some of the 245 pounds of illegal fireworks that were turned in during a pair of amnesty events in Eugene and Springfield.

Nearly 250 pounds of illegal fireworks were turned in over the weekend during a pair of amnesty events in Eugene and Springfield. That represents a 35 percent increase over the amount of fireworks turned in during last year’s amnesty event, when 181 pounds were turned in, according to the Eugene Police Department.

The agency says dispatchers received 131 complaints about people setting off illegal fireworks Monday night and early Tuesday morning. That’s about the same number of complaints as last year. As recently as 2019, there were just 40 complaints about illegal fireworks.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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