By JOCE DeWITT
For the Keizertimes
As fireworks are a staple for any celebration on or around the Fourth of July, it is no wonder why even a small, volunteer-based sale thrives year after year.
“We are pretty successful every year,” says Annie Pearson of the annual McNary Band fireworks fundraiser in the Roth’s parking lot.
“We have really grown over the years. We’re now way over the $10,000 mark,” says Judy Stumpf of the McNary Band parent volunteers.
If yours is like most Keizer families, fireworks are on the schedule sometime within the next week.
Along with age restrictions, the state of Oregon adheres to a few more laws, according to Public Information Officer Rich Hoover of the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
“If you’re going to use fireworks in Oregon, purchase from a permitted stand,” says Hoover. “In general, Oregon law bans possession of fireworks that fly or explode six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air.”
Every year, fireworks keep local fire departments busy.
“Last year, there were a reported 199 fireworks that set off fires,” says Hoover. “No injuries were reported but there was approximately half a million in damages.”
Concerning use of fireworks in parks or beaches of the area, Hoover encourages families to go elsewhere. “Fireworks are not allowed in all state parks, federal parks or beaches.”
Fireworks are also not allowed in Keizer city parks per ordinance.
The most important thing when viewing or shooting fireworks is, according to Hoover, “keep common sense in mind and follow the 4 be’s: be prepared, be safe, be responsible and be aware.”