The Eugene Police Department is getting a jump on stopping illegal fireworks before they’re lit. They’re holding a fireworks turn-in event. It’s an opportunity for community members to surrender their illegal fireworks without being cited or arrested.
Last year, Eugene Police received more than 200 calls complaining about fireworks. This year, a team of dedicated officers will patrol the streets and issue citations to those using fireworks that shoot higher than a foot into the air, or further than six feet across the ground.
Possession of illegal fireworks can result in a maximum penalty of 25-hundred dollars and six months in jail. Lieutenant Scott Fellman says that officers will not be taking the issue lightly this Fourth of July.
Fellman: “If folks are using illegal fireworks, we are going to be taking enforcement action. It’s not going to be warnings for that stuff that’s illegal, has been illegal for a long long time and you have to go to some effort to get those type of fireworks anyway. So, when we respond to those types of calls it will be to issue citations or make arrests.”
This week the Eugene City Council made two changes to municipal ordinances to limit fireworks. In the social host ordinance, if fireworks are found at a party, the host of the party and the person using them will be cited. Also, legal fireworks can now only be used June 23 to July 6 and December 31 to January 1.
The fireworks turn-in will take place at the Police and Fire Training building on June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.