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LOPD will enforce rules, restrictions on Fourth of July

The Lake Oswego Police Department is stepping up efforts to remind the public about city rules and ordinances relating to Fourth of July events and activities, including the Lake Corporation’s fireworks show that’s expected to light up the night sky at 9:45 p.m.

“Ultimately, we want people to have fun and be safe,” says LOPD spokesman Sgt. Tom Hamann, who has a simple message for residents.

“Drink responsibly,” he says, “and be aware that people will be out on foot.”

Here are some important things to remember, the LOPD says:

- Fireworks that explode, eject fire or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air are illegal in Oregon. And as of 2013, they are also a violation of the City Code. Individuals found to be selling or using illegal fireworks in Lake Oswego can be fined up to $500 by the City.

- Watching the fireworks show from the railroad tracks that run through town is not allowed. The tracks are owned by Portland & Western Railroad and are private property. LOPD officers are authorized to arrest violators for trespassing, and under Oregon law, individuals can be fined up to $7,500 for illegally remaining on railroad tracks or bridges.

- Several streets will have restricted parking for the entire day on July 4, including Alder Circle, Allen Road, Canal Circle, Graef Circle, Greenbrier Road, Lower Drive, Maple Circle and Upper Drive. No parking will be permitted on Blue Heron Road.

- Access will be restricted to several roads and intersections beginning at around 7:30 p.m. on July 4 and continuing until midnight, including Cardinal Drive, Chapman Way, Lamont Way, Lords Lane, Kelok Road and West Bay Road, as well as sections of Bryant Road and Lakeview and South Shore boulevards.

- Residents who live on the restricted streets will only be allowed to enter if their driver’s license address matches a location that is either on one of the closed streets or can only be accessed via one of the closed streets. Visitors to gatherings on those streets must have a printed invitation; handwritten notes, text message and phone calls will not be accepted.

For more information on Fourth of July rules and restrictions, contact the LOPD at 503-635-0250 or the Lake Oswego Fire Department at 503-635-0275.

Contact Anthony Macuk at 503-636-1281 ext. 108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..