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Extra patrols will respond to illegal fireworks, DUII calls in Beaverton

The Beaverton Police Department will be out in full force during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, cracking down on illegal fireworks and impaired drivers.

Deputy fire marshals will be riding with designated law enforcement units to support illegal fireworks enforcement efforts.

Fireworks sales began Thursday, and the police department encourages folks to become familiar with which fireworks are legal in Oregon.

Oregon law bans possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon. Fireworks are also prohibited in all state parks, beaches and in federal parks and forests.

'It is a common misconception that legal fireworks are less risky,' said Det. Pam Yazzolino, Beaverton police spokeswoman. 'Even legal fireworks are dangerous and have caused injuries and burns to users, especially unsupervised children.'

Oregon law holds parents liable for damages their children have caused.

Celebrate safely this year by following these safety tips:

  • Only adults should light or handle fireworks.
  • Supervise children at all times when fireworks are being used.
  • Store fireworks, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Use fireworks outdoors on a paved surface, away from buildings, vehicles, etc.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people, pets or buildings.
  • Never alter fireworks or make your own.
  • Have a hose or bucket of water nearby to douse misfired and spent fireworks.
  • For more safety tips, visit Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's website at www.tvfr.com .
  • Many people will also be traveling during that holiday weekend, and the police department encourages motorists to not mix alcohol with their driving responsibilities.

    Use a designated driver if attending a celebration where alcohol will be served, Yazzolino said.

    'The Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of family gatherings and celebrations,' she added. 'The Beaverton Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in making sure everyone has a safe weekend.'