Fireworks

Bend’s fireworks ban faces another test near this Fourth of July. We hope it passes.

Bend made permanent last year a temporary ban on the sale and use of fireworks in the city limits. The ban had seemed to work, significantly reducing neighborhood fireworks.

We still had the professional display on Pilot Butte.

Last year Redmond also banned the use of fireworks, though not the sale. This year, it will apparently have no ban. There will be a professional display at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.

We hope you obey the fireworks regulations of your community. If you do use fireworks, be safe. Keep a big bucket of water nearby and a hose at the ready. Closely watch children. Even sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees.

Use only what is legal in Oregon. If it flies, explodes, or skitters across the ground more than six feet or shoots in the air more than 12 inches, it is banned.

We were lucky to have a relatively wet spring. But it still doesn’t take much to start a fire in a neighborhood.

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