GRANTS PASS – City residents are reminded that after a two-year reprieve, surrounding areas have returned to the type of hot and dry conditions that can set the stage for increased fire danger. The use of fireworks can further increase this danger and lead to disaster.
The use of fireworks inside Grants Pass city limits is prohibited. As allowed by the city fire marshal, fireworks may be safely used 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, only.
Fireworks are always illegal in all city parks, schools, and Urban/Wildland Interface areas.
The Urban/Wildland Interface areas include west of Highland Avenue and Dimmick Street, north of the railroad tracks; the area north of Interstate 5; Panoramic Loop area; Overland Drive area; Haviland Drive between Cloverlawn and Linden; and any area with posted signs: “NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED.”
Legal fireworks include any firework that does not explode, fly into the air, travel more than six feet horizontally and/or 12 inches vertically from the point of ignition, including cone fountains, wheels, base fountains, sparklers, hand-held fountains, and ground blooms.
Illegal fireworks include any firework that explodes or flies into the air, travels more than six feet horizontally or 12 inches vertically on smooth ground or behaves in an uncontrolled manner, such as bottle rockets, sky lanterns, mortars, firecrackers, Roman candles, M-80s, M-100s, and other incendiary devices.
Citizens are reminded to be prepared before lighting any fireworks. Be sure to use only Oregon legal fireworks. Make sure fireworks are allowed in your neighborhood. Always store fireworks out of children’s reach. Always read and follow label instructions before lighting. Place pets indoors, as they are easily frightened by fireworks. Always have water handy, such as a garden hose or bucket of water.
Safe firework use should always be conducted by an adult. Always keep matches and lighters away from children. Use fireworks outdoors only. Only light one firework at a time. Do not throw fireworks or hold ignited fireworks in your hand.
Be responsible after lighting fireworks. Always soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water. Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly. Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
For additional information, visit https://www.grantspassoregon.gov/373/Fireworks-in-Grants-Pass, or call the Fire Prevention Office: (541)450-6200.