Fire department urges caution with fireworks

2012-06-28T10:00:00Z Fire department urges caution with fireworksCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
June 28, 2012 10:00 am  • 

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

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  1. nocapes
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    nocapes - July 01, 2012 8:06 am
    Fireworks are bad for the environment, bad for our respiratory health, a fire danger, frighten and often traumatize all the animals. They are pretty in the sky for a few seconds. Watching Colorado burn down makes me glad I don't live any place where fireworks go off but still have to worry about my dumb neighbors who set off illegal fireworks from Washington. I'm all for outlawing fireworks and making hemp growing legal so our farmers can dig themselves out of our economic hole. Why send millions in business and jobs to Canada to get our hemp? And why do commentors have to have an "us vs them" mentality??? I'm so glad the bags were banned. Some people are so selfish that they can't give up plastic bags in order to take as step toward helping the ocean. Think hypoxia and ocean acidification. We have both right off the coast of Oregon as well as large dead zones. Are plastic bags and fireworks so important to you that you'd take them over a cleaner ocean? Or do you just like to be mad at someone all the time?
  2. curious one
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    curious one - June 28, 2012 4:13 pm
    Why didn't you tell people NOT to use ANY fireworks in the interface areas (homes/forest where there's no hydrants/water). Or did they too, come dressed in fireworks to the firestation and complain?

    All the GT info on fire safety over the past couple weeks and no one asked this fire person about the interface area? Does anyone think anymore?
  3. TheRealJules
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    TheRealJules - June 28, 2012 1:28 pm
    Hey! Bag banners! Why do you still let us have fireworks? They aren't even as useful as a plastic bag. Why haven't you gotten them banned?
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