BEND, OR -- Bend Fire is taking to social media with a new video, to encourage people not to purchase, or light, illegal fireworks. "Fireworks ignite 18,500 fires annually," says a narrator over scenes of fireworks banned in Oregon, "Including 1300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 outside, wildland-style fires."
According to Bend Fire, Independence Day is the agency’s busiest day of the year. "It only takes one careless ignition to devastate and wipe out a community," Bend Fire's Alex McClaran says in the video, "The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association wants to remind you to have a great and really safe Fourth of July to celebrate the birth of our nation. We want you to have a great time out there and not have to call us." A second episode is in the works, focusing on the consequences of getting caught.
In Oregon, fireworks that can fly more than 6-feet horizontally, or 12-inches into the air are illegal, as are any that explode or shoot balls of fire.