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Ask a Cop: Will the LOPD be watching for illegal fireworks?

REVIEW FILE PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lake Oswego Police Lt. Doug Treat offers fireworks wisdom.(A Lake Oswego police officer answers readers’ questions each week in this space. To submit a question, call staff reporter Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Will the police department be watching for illegal fireworks?

With the Fourth of July coming up soon, it is always good to remember that the City of Lake Oswego has an ordinance that addresses the sale, possession or use of certain fireworks within city limits.

While it has always been illegal to sell, possess or use these fireworks in the State of Oregon, the city ordinance (adopted in 2013) makes those actions a city code violation that can result in a presumptive fine of $295 or up to $500.

Fireworks are considered illegal in the city if they explode, eject fire or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Another general rule is that if you can’t buy it in Oregon — if, for example, you have to go to Vancouver to buy it — then the firework is probably illegal.

With a hotter- and dryer-than-normal year, fire danger is a real threat to property and persons. The Lake Oswego police and fire departments plan to enforce the city ordinance this fireworks season, so please don’t put yourself in the position to cause injury, damage, fire or to receive a citation. We need your help this year more than ever.

To read the ordinance, go to http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/fire/fireworks-safety.

— Lt. Doug Treat

If you have a specific request or see a violation occur, the Lake Oswego Police Department encourages all citizens to contact the non-emergency line at 503-635-0238 and an officer will be dispatched as soon as available.