Extra neighborhood patrols to enforce laws against bottle rockets, firecrackers

Beaverton police officers will work with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews to focus on reducing the use of illegal fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

The department will have extra patrols in the neighborhoods to enforce laws regulating the use and possession of illegal fireworks.

Oregon law bans possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called "bottle rockets," "Roman candles" and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon.

Individuals found with illegal fireworks are subject to having them seized by officers. They will potentially face arrest and criminal prosecution and be held civilly liable for damages resulting from misuse of fireworks. Individuals also can be liable for damages their children are found to have caused.

"The July 4 holiday is an opportunity for many to spend time with friends and family and community celebrations," said Officer Mike Rowe, a police department spokesman. "The Beaverton Police Department wants to ensure it's a safe and fun time for everyone."

The non-emergency telephone number to report illegal fireworks is 503-629-0111.

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