Due to extreme heat, drought conditions and the potential for wildfires, the city of Tigard has immediately banned lighting fireworks inside city limits through July 9.
On Thursday evening, July 1, the Tigard City Council approved an emergency declerations in a 3-0 vote.
Also, passed was a motion by Councilor John Goodhouse to increase fines for igniting illegal firework from $250 to $1,000. The increased fines will be in place through Sept. 1.
The ban will come as a financial hit to many fireworks sellers in the area. Councilors said the city would look into whether it might be able to compensate firework booths, specifically those that are set up to benefit nonprofit groups, for a loss of revenue due to the ban.
The council also discussed a safe space to shoot off those fireworks following the ban and possibly have some buy-back incentives to offer residents who have already purchased fireworks.
A recent survey regarding a possible ban on fireworks this Fourth, drew about 150 respones. 94% of respondents said they were in favor of the ban because of high fire danger, poor air quality and concerns that those outside the city might visit the city to light off their own fireworks.
The council decision occurred after consultation with the city's police chief and a representative from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
"I guess I'm just thinking this is not a good time to be using these items," Mayor Jason Snider said of the fire danger posed by fireworks.
Tigard joins neighboring Tualatin, whose city council banned shooting off fireworks within city limits on Monday night. Wilsonville, Forest Grove, Portland, Gresham and Clackamas County have also banned fireworks in its city limits.
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