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Fourth of July Fireworks - Keep it safe, Keep it legal
 
June 23 marked the opening of legal firework sales in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from fireworks retailers and stands issued a permit by the Oregon State Fire Marshal.
 
To demonstrate how dangerous illegal fireworks, improvised devices and legal fireworks used in a dangerous manner can be, the Oregon State Fire Marshal in conjunction with the Clackamas Fire District and other fire safety partners conducted a safety demonstration event for news media on June 23, 2011.
 
These video segments are presented and narrated by Brennan Phillips, explosives enforcement officer for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
 
These demonstrations were conducted by skilled explosives experts under controlled conditions that provided a safe environment for members of the public to witness these demonstrations. Please do not try to attempt these explosions on your own.
 
 

Video - Illegal improvised flash powder device
photo of improvised flash powder explosive being detonated
 
WMV file 1 min 17 seconds -- [17 Mb]
 
 

Video - Ten boxes of legal sparklers held in hand
still photo of explosion
 
WMV file  50 seconds -- [10 Mb]
 
 

Video - Professional aerial display shell used illegally
ATF agent holding an unlit professional aerial firework shell
 
WMV file  1 min 32 seconds -- [20 Mb]
Keep it safe, Keep it legal
Remember these important safety tips
 
Oregon law forbids possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon. All fireworks are prohibited on federal lands, Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.
 
ODF has the authority to issue citations for fireworks use on any land under ODF protection in Oregon. Parents of juveniles that cause forest fires due to firework use can be held liable for the cost of suppression that fire.
 
ODF establishes safe conditions for activities on forestland under state protection through the Regulated Use Closure system. The web page for Regulated Use Closure information is routinely updated during fire season.
 
Current wildfire information for Oregon is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry Wildfire Blog.

Keep fireworks out of Oregon's forests
Fireworks use in the forest has a disastrous impact.
 
In July 2006, a fire near Estacada began when several adults entered private forestland without the owner’s consent to light fireworks. A fire started by these fireworks consumed 48 acres of forestland and threatened six homes. In dollar terms, the landowner lost a $16,000 timber asset and the fire cost $ 102,000 to be suppressed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Two adults held responsible for the fire were identified and charged for the costs of the fire.
 
Additional information about Home Wildfire Safety