4th of July in Eugene, Springfield: Firework safety, usage

Eight-year-old Wesley Bodewitz helps out at the Factory Fireworks Outlet stand on Olympic Street in Springfield run by Crossfire Ministries.  Proceeds from the annual sale go to Fundz4Kidz that supports a variety of activities for area children throughout the year.

Ahead of Fourth of July weekend, Eugene and Springfield Fire and Eugene Police are reminding residents to be careful when shooting off legal fireworks, and to be aware of the restrictions on when and where they can be used.

Here are some basics on firework usage in the Eugene-Springfield area.

When and where can I shoot fireworks?

In Eugene, legal fireworks can only be shot off on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, along with Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. They can be used anywhere in town except the area in south Eugene, where it is banned. The ban is temporary, running through the end of 2022. The ban was passed unanimously by the Eugene City Council in June 2021, as a response to extreme drought conditions and the increased fire danger in south Eugene. The temporary ban penalty is a fine not to exceed $500. The presumptive fine is $250.

In Springfield there are no banned areas or time restrictions on fireworks.

What are the boundaries for the Eugene fireworks ban?

The city of Eugene is banning the use and sale of fireworks in south Eugene for 2021 and 2022.

The ban is in south Eugene and consists of all areas within the city limits south of 18th Avenue and east of Agate Street.

When can I buy fireworks?

In Eugene and Springfield, like the rest of Oregon, groups and businesses sell fireworks from June 23 through July 6. The South Hills ban also prevents fireworks sellers from conducting business in the south Eugene ban area.

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