Those Violating Portland Fireworks Ban Receives Threat From Law Enforcement 

As the Fourth of July approaches, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) officials have issued a stern warning to the public: violating the City of Portland’s fireworks ban will result in hefty fines and potential arrests. This marks the third consecutive year that the use of personal fireworks is prohibited within the city limits.

During a public press conference held on June 24, PF&R Senior Fire Investigator Jason Andersen emphasized the commitment of local fire investigators to enforce the ban. A larger number of fire investigators will be deployed throughout the city on July 4th to crack down on illegal fireworks. Offenders caught violating the ban could face fines ranging from $500 to $1,000.

Andersen stated, “Our unit is prepared to take any necessary action when it comes to the enforcement of this ban. In the State of Oregon, just the possession of illegal fireworks is a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable with a $2,500 fine and, or, six months in jail.”

PF&R Fire Marshall Chief Kari Schimel further explained that the city’s fireworks ban was implemented in 2022 as a direct response to two devastating fire incidents in Multnomah County. The Eagle Creek Fire, which burned 48,000 acres of land along the Columbia River Gorge in 2017, was determined to have been caused by a firework. In July 2021, a Portland apartment complex was set ablaze by fireworks, resulting in the tragic deaths of three individuals.

The ban aims to prioritize public safety and prevent the occurrence of similar fire-related disasters. The enforcement of this ban underscores the city’s commitment to safeguarding its residents and ensuring a peaceful and secure Fourth of July celebration.

As the holiday approaches, PF&R officials urge the public to comply with the fireworks ban and explore alternative ways to celebrate. Fireworks displays conducted by professionals in designated areas provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all. By adhering to the ban, residents can contribute to the preservation of public safety and the prevention of potentially catastrophic incidents.