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UPDATE: 

The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit reports they collected from the public approximately 264 pounds of fireworks, an increase from previous years. These were turned in between Eugene and Springfield during the Amnesty Days July 4 and July 5.

 

For comparison Amnesty Days in 2024 and in previous years:

 

2024 

Approximately 264 pounds

 

2023

Approximately 240 pounds

 

2022

Approximately 245 pounds

 

2021

Approximately 187 pounds

 

2020 

Approximately 235 pounds. 

 

 Eugene Police staffed two officers, dedicated to fireworks patrol and who responded to complaints and self-dispatched to fireworks they observed themselves while on patrol. One of the officers reported that the individuals they contacted were cooperative and receptive. Numerous warnings were given, with no indication of repeat offenders, and no citations issued. Numerous calls were cleared after the officers arrived and did not find fireworks in progress. 

 

A quick hand count by Central Lane 911 found between 100 and 130 calls in the system reporting illegal fireworks on between 9 p.m. on July 4 and 2 a.m. on July 5 

 

For previous years comparison – calls between 8 p.m. July 4 and 2 a.m. July 5

July 4, 2023 – 185 calls 

July 4, 2022 – 131 calls

July 4, 2021 – 128 calls 

July 4, 2020 – 116 calls  

July 4, 2019 – 40 calls 

July 4, 2018 – 114 calls 

July 4 2017  – 77 calls

July 4, 2016 – 82 calls

Illegal Fireworks Amnesty Day

Citywide Fireworks Ban

 

 

EUGENE AND SPRINGFIELD ILLEGAL FIREWORKS AMNESTY TURN-IN DAY

 

If you have illegal fireworks at your home, there is an opportunity for you to get rid of them without getting cited!

 

Come to one of these locations’ parking lot to drop them off July 4 and July 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

  • Fire Station 2 – 1705 W 2nd Ave, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Fire Station 3 – 1225 28th St, Springfield, OR 97477

 The event is only open to private individuals, not commercial parties. Do NOT take fireworks to a police or fire station outside of these listed dates. 

 

FIREWORKS BAN

In 2022, the Eugene City Council voted 6-2 to ban fireworks in addition to the restrictions provided under state law within the city limits of Eugene due to the fire danger they pose and their impact on people and pets. The ban penalty is a fine not to exceed $500. The ban became effective October 29, 2022, and makes it unlawful to: 

  1. Sell, use, light, detonate or display any “consumer” fireworks anywhere in the city at any time.
  2. Use, light detonate or display any “display” fireworks anywhere in the city at any time except July 3 through July 5, unless specifically authorized by the City Manager or designee. 

 

Pursuant to section (5) of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 480.111 regarding “exempt consumer fireworks” and other items categorized as “novelties” under Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 837-012-0510 Section 15, and as defined in the American Pyrotechnics Standard (APA) 87-1 section 3.2.1 – the following list of approved exempt consumer fireworks and novelties are allowed in the City of Eugene: 

 

  • Paper Caps (containing 0.25 grains or less of explosive mixture)
  • Model Rockets and model rocket motors that are used to propel recoverable models of rocket
  • Booby Trap/Pull Apart (containing 0.016 grams or less of composition weight)
  • Novelty Flitter Sparklers (containing 5 grams or less of composition weight)
  • Party Poppers (containing 0.016 grams or less of composition weight)
  • Snakes or similar smoke producing items (containing 100 grains or less of combustible substances)
  • Novelty Snakes (containing 2 grams or less of composition weight)
  • Snappers [pop-its] (containing 0.001 grams or less of composition weight)
  • Novelty Wire Sparklers or Novelty Dipped Sticks (containing 25 grams or less of composition weight)
  • Novelty Smoke Devices (containing 5 grams or less of composition weight)

Reporting Illegal Fireworks

Please bear in mind that it is never appropriate to call 911 for fireworks unless someone has been injured or property is actively being damaged by them. 911 is meant exclusively for reporting any immediate threat to life or property. This is one of the busiest holidays of the year for our agencies and if you call, you may experience extended hold times. Lower-level calls may take longer to get to such as noise complaints and concerns of illegal fireworks.f you need to report a non-emergency crime like a noise complaint, suspicious person or activity, illegal fireworks, or any crimes that are not in progress please call one of the below listed business lines as appropriate:

 

  • Reporting In-Progress Illegal Fireworks
  • Eugene 541.682.5111, or Springfield: 541.726.3714: 
  • Lane County unincorporated areas: 541-682-4150

   

To report consumer fireworks within the Eugene city limits, call 541.682.5111.  The ban penalty is a fine not to exceed $500. It is unlawful to sell, use, light, detonate, or display any “consumer” fireworks anywhere in the city at any time. The social host ordinance in Eugene also applies to fireworks. The social host, or ordinance on unruly gatherings, holds individuals criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering. Eugene property owners where the event is hosted will also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance at the same property. The Eugene Municipal Court has assigned a base fine of $375 for criminal violations of this ordinance. Both hosts and property owners could be civilly liable for police, fire and public works response to repeated illegal gatherings that fall under this ordinance. For more information: Social Host 

 

More info at Oregon State Fire Marshal’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/osp/sfm

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