Nature of Incident: Illegal Fireworks Arrest
Date/Time of Incident: 07/02/2014 at 8:30pm
Location of Incident: 4282 SW Reindeer Ave
Arrested Person(s): Charles Gossett, 31 years of age, Redmond
Officers from the Redmond Police Department were dispatched to the 4200 block of SW Reindeer Ave,
Redmond, on a report of a person using illegal fireworks. Based the description of the suspect and the
location provided, Officers contact Mr. Charles Gossett at his residence. While on scene investigating,
Officers discovered a very large amount of illegal fireworks inside the garage of his residence. Further
investigation revealed Mr. Gossett has been attempting to sell the illegal fireworks via Craigslist.
The results of the investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Gossett for Use/Possession/Sales of Illegal
Fireworks, ORS 480.120, a class B misdemeanor. The fireworks were seized for destruction.
Additionally, Officers responded to other illegal fireworks complaints in other parts of the city and cited
two others illegal fireworks use/possession.
The Redmond Police Department would like to remind everyone not all fireworks are legal in Oregon.
Just because a person may be able to purchase illegal fireworks in another state or from a Tribal
Reservation, does not mean they are legal to be used, possessed or resold outside of those jurisdictional
boundaries. In Oregon fireworks are deemed illegal if they go higher than twelve inches in the air or
move along the ground more than six feet.
The Redmond Police Department posted on our Facebook page last week examples of legal versus illegal
fireworks. Use/possession/sales of illegal fireworks can lead to arrest. ORS also allows for parents of
minor children to be held financially responsible for their children’s use of illegal fireworks, up to $5,000,
for any costs associated with fire suppression as a result of illegal firework use. Additionally, the City of
Redmond has a city ordinance prohibiting the use and possession of illegal fireworks. Person can be
issued fines for such and have their fireworks seized.
We hope everyone has a safe Fourth of July.
Press Release completed by:
Curtis Chambers, Sergeant, Redmond PD