Portlanders respond to the question: Are Oregon's fireworks laws too restrictive?
Chuck Jones, a financial planner who lives in Southwest Portland: 'No, as it is there are many who go to Washington and buy rockets that rain down on my cedar roof every Fourth of July. If we open it up, there will be even more who can get the advanced kind, thus more fires and more injuries.'
Harvey Fink, a downtown Portland business consultant who lives in Vancouver, Wash.: 'Yes, the Fourth of July is not what it used to be when I was young. As I grew older, more choices were made for me, and my children do not realize the freedoms that I had they no longer have. Everything is sanitized and safe.'
Jill Eiland, a government relations executive who lives in Northwest Portland: 'No. As long as fireworks injuries continue, the regulations are necessary. There are lots of ways to celebrate Independence Day without using illegal fireworks.'
Misti Wittenberg, a long-term care executive who lives in Northwest Portland: 'Yes, they are too restrictive. Some fireworks should only be sold to individuals over 18. Parents should teach safe handling of fireworks to children. Retailers should have the option to sell what the market demands.'
Arlene Kimura, a neighborhood activist who lives in east Portland: 'Oregon's fireworks laws are appropriate, given the limited public resources available for fire safety. Further, since my grandchildren enjoy the legal fireworks, I have no issues with the restrictions.'
Leah Lively, an attorney who lives in Southeast Portland: 'No. If people exercise personal responsibility, there is almost never a problem. And the fireworks are so much fun, especially the sparklers!'
Rachel Gerber, a legal secretary who lives in Beaverton: 'Way too restrictive!ÊI mean, how much fun are those little snake things, anyway?ÊIt gets old traveling elsewhere to purchase their idea of 'legal' and ours of 'illegal' fireworks. I want big booms, big blowups in the sky Ñ even at 50!'
Paddy Tillett, an architect who lives in Northwest Portland: 'Differences in fireworks laws on either side of the Columbia River appear to be irrational, and so invite hundreds of people to break them. Agreement should be reached with our neighboring states on what restrictions are reasonable. Our fireworks laws should be revised accordingly. They should be clear, rational and enforceable.'