LCSO Tip of the Week – Fireworks Safety

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SheriffWelcome to Sheriff Landers, who was sworn in as the new Sheriff of Lincoln County effective June 1st, 2016! He follows in the footsteps of newly retired Sheriff Dennis Dotson.  We wish former Sheriff Dotson a long and happy retirement as we wish Sheriff Landers a long and successful future as our Sheriff.

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Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

225 W. Olive Street

Newport, Oregon 97365

Tel (541) 265-4277

Fax  (541) 265-4926


Date: June 27, 2016


The Fourth of July is quickly approaching which means fireworks and celebration.   Here are some important tips to remember to ensure a safe holiday celebration.

It is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device.  Illegal items in Oregon include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs, rockets, wheels, colored fires, fountains, mines, serpents or any other article of similar construction or any article containing any explosive or inflammable compound.

Any tablets or other device containing any explosive substances or inflammable compound are also not legal in Oregon without a permit.  Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives.  They can cause serious injury or even death.  Stay away from anything that isn’t clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer’s name and instructions for proper use.

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Oregon is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or six months in jail.  If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Fireworks are not toys.  NEVER give fireworks to young children.  Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory.  Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks.  Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are ignited.  Never light and throw any fireworks.  Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.  Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.  Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

Sheriff Landers and members of the Sheriff’s Office want you to enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July.

For more tips and information, visit our website, use the “MobilePatrol” app on your Smartphone, and Like us on Facebook.

See more fireworks safety tips from the Oregon State Fire Marshal.