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News Release
Changes to Medford's Fireworks Ordinance - Fireworks Laws and Safety Information - 06/12/19

Changes to Medford’s Fireworks Ordinance….

We are informing citizens that Medford’s fireworks ordinance changed this year. The time period to use Oregon legal consumer fireworks in legal areas during fire season has been reduced from 14 days to 6 days. Now, Oregon legal consumer fireworks can only be used in legal areas from July 1 – July 6 during fire season. In addition, the penalty of using Oregon illegal fireworks has increased from $250 to $2,500. Police Officers and Fire Officials will be out patrolling, issuing citations and confiscating illegal fireworks and explosives.

As a reminder:

  • Prohibited Medford Areas: It is illegal within the city limits to discharge any fireworks in the hillside areas, the Bear Creek Greenway, any City park, or any public school.
  • Oregon Illegal Fireworks: Any type of aerial firework is illegal for citizens to discharge in the state of Oregon. This would include mortars, bottle or sky rockets, and Roman candles or similar devices that shoot flaming balls. According the State statutes, any device that explodes, flies into the air, behaves in an uncontrolled and unpredictable manner, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally is illegal to use in the State of Oregon.
  • Oregon Illegal Explosives: Explosive devices are illegal to use in the State of Oregon, including firecrackers and M-80's.

Medford Fire-Rescue wants you to have a safe and legal Independence Day. We urge residents to use wisdom and act lawfully if they choose to celebrate with fireworks this year. Conditions are dry and the use of fireworks in the hillsides or near fields containing dry vegetation could start a wildfire. Misusing fireworks can lead to injury.

Citizens may use Oregon legal consumer fireworks in the City of Medford non-prohibited areas, but are cautioned to keep safety in mind. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the latest published fire statistics show in 2017, eight people died and an estimated 12,900 people were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States. An estimated 8,700 (68% of the total fireworks-related injuries) of these injuries required hospitalization. 

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