One of the most common summer fires that Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responds to involves "spent" fireworks placed in a bucket or grocery sack that rekindle and spread to fences, decks, and even homes. In 2017, TVF&R responded to 27 firework-related fires. Legal and illegal fireworks can also cause injuries, damage and stress.
Firework patrols during the holiday
In an effort to help curb illegal activity, TVF&R firefighters will be driving through neighborhoods the evening of July 4 to share safety information. In addition, TVF&R deputy fire marshals will be present at public displays.
Citizens can drop off unwanted fireworks at any TVF&R Fire Station
If you’d like to dispose of fireworks (illegal or legal), you can drop them off at any TVF&R fire station
Instead of lighting your own fireworks, attend a professional display.
Shows in TVF&R’s service area:
Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Avenue, Tigard
West Linn, Willamette Park 1100 12th Street, West Linn
Oak Hills, Washington County
North Plains, 32055 NW North Avenue
If you are intent to use fireworks, keep it legal and safe
Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s 100% safe. This includes sparklers. They can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees; wood burns at 575 degrees, while glass melts at 900 degrees (National Fire Protection Association).
• Only adults should light or handle fireworks. Supervise children at all times.
• Use fireworks outdoors on a paved surface, away from buildings, vehicles, and vegetation.
• Never pick up or try to re-light a "dud."
• Never alter fireworks or make your own.
• Have a hose nearby in case of fire and place “spent” fireworks in a metal bucket with water.
Penalties for misusing fireworks.
Law enforcement agencies enforce criminal laws related to the use of illegal fireworks in Oregon. Under Oregon law, officers can seize illegal fireworks and issue criminal citations including reckless burning, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and more fines up to $500 per violation. People can also be held civilly liable for damages resulting from improper use of any fireworks - legal or illegal.
Reporting firework incidents in TVF&R’s service area.
Individuals needing to report a fire or medical emergency should call 9-1-1; individuals wishing to report a nuisance or concern about illegal fireworks should do so via their non-emergency 9-1-1 number, 503.629.0111. These situations will be logged and passed on to local enforcement, and responded to as resources allow.