Many fireworks sold in Wash. illegal in Oregon

Many fireworks sold in Wash. illegal in Oregon

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by Ed Teachout

kgw.com

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 29 at 9:31 AM

VANCOUVER -- Washington fireworks went on sale Tuesday, with most of the cars in stands that KGW checked filled with Oregon license plates.

When asked if the fireworks he had purchased were legal in Oregon John Quintero replied, “no they're not legal in Oregon but that doesn't mean I'm shooting them off in Oregon either. I see nothing illegal about purchasing them here.”

Quintero’s right. Oregonians can legally purchase fireworks legal in Washington as long as they are kept in Washington.

A spokesperson for the Oregon State Fire Marshall office said it’s illegal to not only set off fireworks that are not legal in Oregon, it’s also illegal to just possess them.

Anything that flies farther than six feet or higher than 12 inches is illegal to have in the state of Oregon.

The fine for possessing illegal fireworks is up to $500.00 across the state and up to $1,000.00 in the city of Portland.

Washington fireworks sales began Tuesday but fireworks can’t be set off in the city of Vancouver until July 1st through midnight July 4th.

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