The sale of retail fireworks begins Saturday all over Oregon, including the 14 licensed retailers who will be selling them in Corvallis.
To ensure that the use of fireworks is both safe and legal, Carla Pusateri, the fire safety officer for the Corvallis Fire Department, issued this advice to those who are buying fireworks for personal use:
•Always purchase fireworks from an Oregon licensed location to ensure that they are legal. Illegal fireworks will be confiscated, and the user risks being cited with a misdemeanor.
Illegal fireworks include any that fly through the air or explode; move more than 12 feet on smooth ground or act in an uncontrolled manner. Some examples are firecrackers, bottle or sky rockets, roman candles and shells or mortars.
• Always supervise children when using fireworks, and keep fireworks away from small children. Never allow children to use or play with matches or lighters. Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
• Have a hose or bucket of water handy for emergencies and to douse misfired and spent fireworks.
• Only use fireworks outdoors, and never near combustible materials.
• Light one firework at a time, and move away quickly.
• Never alter fireworks or attempt to make your own.
• Do not throw fireworks.
The state of Oregon has placed restrictions on the use of sky lanterns (air-borne paper lanterns). Sky lanterns meet the definition of “fireworks” and fall within the rules for limited aerial displays. Anyone who wants to use aerial paper lanterns needs to first obtain a limited-display permit from the state fire marshal’s office and the Corvallis Fire Department.
For more information on fireworks safety and permits, contact the Corvallis Fire Department at 541-766-6909 or send email to Carla.Pusateri@corvallisoregon.gov.