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Be safe this 4th ... be legal and be careful

James Heater, on the right, and Brandon (no last name given) from a church youth group were photographed as they were selling fireworks at their church-sponsored booth at the Ochoco Plaza. James claimed they had the best selection in town because they had the largest booth, plus they also have another booth located at the church on S. Main Street. Since opening for business last weekend, the boys say they have been very busy.
Oregon is one of the 34 states with laws and restrictions on fireworks and their use. Ten states ban all consumer fireworks and six others allow only sparklers. Only the state of Nevada has no laws relating to fireworks.
   In Oregon, fireworks can only be sold from June 23 through July 6. The exceptions are sparklers, smokers and snakes which may be sold year round. In order to legally purchase fireworks, the buyer must be 16 years or older.
   Laws regulating fireworks are fairly simple and apply to everything except "any fireworks which produce only smoke, sparks or fire and which do not explode, eject balls of fire, fly into the air or travel more than 12 feet on a smooth surface."
   Have a safe and fun Fourth of July.
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   End of fireworks from the viewpoint?
   For the third, and possibly last time, residents will enjoy an evening display of Fourth of July fireworks from the overview. Unless new funding sources are developed, this may be the last display that happened without public support. Unless that funding includes money for a pyrotechnic professional, it could be the last time Prineville's fireworks are fired from the rimrock.
   Until 1998, during the weeks and months leading up to the holiday, local businesses would be approached with requests for funding to pay for the traditional fireworks. Canisters would appear on counters in stores and when, as usual, not enough money was raised, the city council was approached with funding requests.
   That ended when an agreement was made between the city, county, Crook County Parks and Recreation Department and Prineville Disposal Inc. (PDI) joined in a public/private partnership. For three years, beginning in 1999, the partnership took on the task of paying for the show and even bringing a professional crew to town to fire it all off.
   Before, volunteers from the Prineville Fire Department set up the display and fired off the explosives. When the state fire marshal declared that an illegal activity, it was feared that seeing fireworks off the rimrock was a thing of the past. The answer was the hiring of professionals to run the show. To pay for it all, PDI donated $2,000 for 1999, 2000 and 2001; Parks and Rec provided $500 each year and both the city and county each donated $1,000 for each of the three years.
   On Wednesday evening, the traditional celebration will begin with a traditional loud bright, fiery display of patriotic pyrotechnic, visible from nearly every place in town.