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The use of illegal fireworks is a concern in the city of Gresham as the Fourth of July approaches.

The use of illegal fireworks is a concern in the city of Gresham as the Fourth of July rapidly approaches.

This year, the Gresham Police Department will be focusing on reducing the use of illegal fireworks leading up to and on the holiday. Oregon law bans the sale, possession and use of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or one foot in the air. TRIBUNE PHOTO: KEVIN HARDEN - Each year, thousands of illegal fireworks are seized by local law enforcement. Here, Portland Fire & Rescue Public Education Officer Michael Silva holds one of the 45,000 illegal fireworks that he collected last year. The fireworks were sent to an undisclosed location in November to be destroyed., Portland Tribune - Health  Keep it legal, keep it safe this holiday

There will be extra patrols to enforce the laws pertaining to the possession and use of illegal fireworks. Those found in possession will be cited for ORS 480.120 — a class B misdemeanor which can result in a $1,500 fine. The fireworks will also be seized by officers.

Gresham Police want to ensure everyone in Gresham gets to enjoy a safe Fourth of July celebration. Illegal fireworks can be reported to the non-emergency police line at 503-823-3333. Emergency calls will receive priority.

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