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Police Officers issued fewer warnings, with focus on neighborhood safety for all

COURTESY PHOTO: GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Gresham officers seized more than 1,000 fireworks and issued 34 citations during the Fourth of July this year. Gresham Police officers had a busy Fourth of July this year as the department took a zero tolerance stance toward fireworks in an effort to limit the number of safety issues across the city.

Last year, the department focused on issuing warnings and confiscating illegal fireworks in the hope people would be educated on the dangers fireworks pose to the community. This year things were more strict to keep the holiday safe and fun for everyone.

During the holiday, the department had four two-person teams dedicated to dealing with firework usage. According to the police, they received more than 98 calls for fireworks from 3:30 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, July 4.

Officers seized more than 1,000 illegal fireworks and issued 34 citations — a large jump from the five issued last year. The fines ranged from $445 to $1,500.

Oregon law bans the sale, possession and use of fireworks that travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air.

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