No fireworks at Oregon Ducks season opener

The city of Eugene rejected the permit

A general view of the crowd at Autzen Stadium during the third quarter of the NCAA college football game between the Oregon and the Tennessee in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Oregon won the game 59-14. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
FILE - A general view of the crowd at Autzen Stadium during the third quarter of the NCAA college football game between the Oregon and the Tennessee in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Oregon won the game 59-14. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – There won’t be any fireworks at the University of Oregon’s season-opening football game next weekend.

Eugene city officials denied the university’s request to shoot fireworks from a park next to Autzen Stadium.

Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Randy Groves cited fire danger in denying the permit.

In an email to the mayor and council, Groves says vegetation is so dry that flames would spread quickly if a fire broke out.

Senior Associate Atheltics Director Craig Pintens tells the Register Guard that it wouldn’t make sense to shoot fireworks in the current weather conditions, and the university is fine with the city’s decision.

UO requested permission to shoot fireworks after each touchdown and to conduct a post-game fireworks show.

The ducks open their season Sept. 5 against Eastern Washington.

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