© 2024 KLCC

136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Fire Officials Urge Caution And Consideration For Fourth Of July


Brightly-colored and loud explosions are expected through the 4th of July.  And fire officials are urging common sense for those residents staging their own fireworks show.

Amy Linder is the Assistant Fire Marshal for the Eugene-Springfield area.  She says people need to use legal fireworks, and avoid two other hazardous scenarios.

“First and foremost, alcohol certainly always clouds our judgment and sometimes makes you think that it’s a better idea than it really is," she tells KLCC.  

"And we’re always concerned about children and fireworks, and that they are at an age appropriate developmentally and understanding what they’re doing, and that there is constant, responsible adult supervision.” 

Credit ttarasiuk / Flickr.com

Linder adds it’s good for residents to alert neighbors if they plan on shooting off fireworks.  Loud explosions can startle pets, as well as veterans suffering from PTSD.  

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.
Related Content