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Eugene / Springfield
9:30 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Fireworks Enforcement In Eugene / Springfield

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The Eugene - Springfield Fire and Eugene Police Departments took additional steps to reduce the number of fireworks violations last (Friday) night. Additional officers were on patrol from 8 pm to 2 am. According to a preliminary report, more than 160 people called in complaints about fireworks. That's down from 2013 which had more than 200. In June, the Eugene City Council approved two city code changes regarding fireworks. Legally purchased fireworks can now only be used between June 23rd and July 6th and December 31st and January 1st.

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Crime & Law
12:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oregon State Police Enforce "No Refusal Weekend"

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This Fourth of July, Oregon Law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the streets for intoxicated drivers. They have a new strategy to test for blood alcohol concentration.

“No Refusal Weekend” allows officers to test suspected impaired drivers,  even if they refuse breath testing.  This ensures everyone arrested receives a recorded BAC test.

Ryan Stone is a traffic and DUI enforcement police officer:

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Pet safety
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Protect Your Pets From Fireworks Trauma

Ally, a dog up for adoption at Saving Grace in Roseburg.
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Independence Day can be a traumatic time for pets.  Kelly Darnell has her own story about her pet dog, Sandy:

Darnell:  “Every Fourth of July she would be in the bathtub.”

Kelly Darnell is Eugene’s Interim Animal Services Manager.  She says when fuses are about to be lit, before your pet’s exposed to the rocket’s red glare – and blare – put them inside and…

“turn on the TV, turn in on a fan, so they can’t hear it as much.  If they have a fear of fireworks, certainly not taking them to fireworks.”

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Crime & Law
4:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Eugene Police Department and Fire Marshal's Office Hold Fireworks Turn-in Event

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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.  

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Other News
2:39 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

EWEB Closes Reservoir For Days Surrounding July 4

The Eugene Water and Electric Board will lock the gates to the College Hill Reservoir on Friday to protect the surface from firework damage. The reservoir is usually open to the public but EWEB began restricting access during the fourth of July. In 2010, 2011, and 2012 the facility sustained damages to the rubber surface during the holiday week.

Joe Harwood, a spokesman from EWEB says damage to the surface of the reservoir could result in contamination.

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Illegal Fireworks
8:42 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Eugene Limits Fireworks

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The Eugene City Council Monday approved restrictions on fireworks.

The council voted to limit the days when fireworks can be set off. They can be used only between June 23rd and July 6 and on December 31st and January 1st.

Another ordinance would make the use of illegal fireworks enforceable under the city's social host ordinance so that residents or home owners are held responsible when they're ignited.

The council has been hoping to crack down on illegal fireworks because of the noise, fire danger and injuries. Councilor Mike Clark:

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