What you need to know about fireworks in 2014

Users of illegal fireworks face large fines, arrest

Fireworks available for sale, June 27, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Fireworks available for sale, June 27, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — With the Fourth of July finally here, fireworks have moved from the shelves and will soon be lighting up the Pacific Northwest sky.


In Oregon, fireworks are now legally for sale from permitted retailers and stands. But the sale or possession of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or one foot in the air is forbidden.

Also illegal in Oregon are bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers.

People who have illegal fireworks seized may be arrested and face a fine of up to $1000 per violation. People who use illegal fireworks that cause property damage or injury are liable, and parents are liable for things their children do.

Portland police will once again conduct “Operation: Lower the Boom” in the days before and after the 4th. If a citizen sees illegal fireworks, the Lower the Boom hotline is 503.823.3333. Authorities will come out and deal with the issue.


Ordinances differ slightly throughout the state. In Vancouver, fireworks will only be sold legally between July 2 and July 4 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The only time fireworks can be discharged in Vancouver is on the 4th from 9 a.m. to midnight. Any other time, users can be fined at least $250.

Buyers must be at least 16 years old and fireworks can not be used in public parks.

Illegal fireworks in Vancouver will cost the user at least $500.

Here’s the boundaries for the city of Vancouver.


Authorities suggest keeping your pets indoors as much as possible on the 4th, and possibly a few days before and after. If a stray enters your life, hold on to the pet until your local animal shelter is open.

Fireworks over downtown Portland, July 4, 2013 (Report It)
Fireworks over downtown Portland, July 4, 2013 (Report It)


In downtown Portland, fireworks are set to begin at 10:05 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River at the end of that day’s Waterfront Blues Festival.

In Vancouver, the Independence Day fireworks show will begin at 10:05 p.m. on the Fourth of July at Fort Vancouver. Gates open at 8 a.m. for people to arrive, and entertainment begins at noon.

There are many other cities and towns with fireworks celebrations for the July Fourth weekend.

Among them:

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival: Fourth of July fireworks at Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Oaks Park: annual 4th of July celebration, including a fireworks display.

Lake Oswego: Star Spangled Parade and Celebration, includes music, face painting, family events and a fireworks display.

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver: using state of the art fireworks synchronized to music, the 2014 display will once again be launched from Pearson Field.

North Plains, the City of North Plains will be hosting a Colonial Celebration with fun and games all day, colonial competitions, activity stations, live music and a fireworks display.

Corbett Fun Fest: a wonderful small town parade, fun festival, live music, fireworks and more.

St. Paul Rodeo: fireworks display every evening following the rodeo performance (July 1 – July 5).

Estacada Timber Festival: logging events and competitions, live bands, petting zoo, inflatable rides for children, food vendors and craft vendors. Plus the biggest aerial fireworks display in Clackamas County.

Hood River Independence Day: includes a memorial run/walk, parade, BBQ, music, vendors and fireworks display.

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