Got illegal fireworks?
In efforts to reduce safety hazards and keep illegal fireworks off our community streets, the Happy Valley Police is once again hosting a NO QUESTIONS ASKED fireworks turn in program. No shame, no judgment, no problem!
Dates: Thursday, July 1 & Friday, July 2
Location: Happy Valley Community Policing Center
129 SE King Road
Happy Valley, OR 97086
*Look for the receptacle in front of the building and simply drop off your items.
Together, let’s help keep Happy Valley safe this 4th of July!
In the days leading up to the Fourth of July holiday, as well as several days after, a task force of police and community service officers watch the streets and skies of Happy Valley, on the lookout for illegal fireworks. While fireworks are the Fourth of July’s hallmark feature, serious catastrophes inevitably ensue when safety precautions and the law are ignored. Complaints due to illegal fireworks in the area are naturally higher this time of year, so the task force operates in efforts to be proactive to prevent major crises. To do this, the team conducts targeted patrols of neighborhoods and responds to resident reports. While the City spends the majority of its fireworks safety efforts in conjunction with Independence Day, the information contained on this page is relevant to fireworks use throughout the year.
Clackamas Fire District #1 encourages these fireworks safety tips:
- Store fireworks, matches, and lighters out of children’s ready and only adults should light fireworks.
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Only light one firework at a time and quickly move away.
- Remember, do not throw fireworks, or hold them.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose or bucket of water) and soak used fireworks thoroughly
- Never re-light “dud” fireworks.
For more information, check out Clackamas Fire District #1: https://clackamasfire.com/fire-prevention/education/fireworks/
How do I know if the fireworks I’m using are legal?
Any fireworks you light must be purchased from Oregon permitted retailers and stands. This means if you have purchased your fireworks from another state or from a vendor that has not been approved by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office, those fireworks are, in fact, illegal. Fireworks that fly in the air, explode, or behave in an uncontrolled and unpredictable manner are not allowed for use in Oregon. Period. Oregon vendors that have been approved to sell fireworks won’t even have these in their inventory.
For more information, check out the Office of the State Fire Marshal: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks.aspx