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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."


The video, posted to YouTube and Facebook, includes a reminder of the brush fire on Pilot Butte, last Fourth of July, which was blamed on illegal fireworks. Two men were later charged.


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. 

 

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