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Fireworks face new restrictions in Eugene this year

People shop for fireworks at the Pyro City retail store in Winslow, Maine, in June. Core retail sales for June rose only 0.15 percent, indicating a slowdown in the U.S. recovery. - AP

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - Firework sales are just around the corner, but there are a few new rules this year.

The Eugene City Council passed new firework restrictions on Monday night during their meeting.

According to the Eugene/ Springfield Fire Marshal, the original law allowed the public to set off fireworks during the time they are sold – which is June 23 to July 6.

But, the new law only allows personal fireworks to be set off July 3 to 4 and December 31 to January 1.

“The idea behind the restriction is to allow those that are negatively impacted by fireworks more ability to plan; the goal is to make it an enjoyable holiday for our entire community,” Eugene/Springfield Fire Marshal Amy Linder says.

Commercial fireworks, which are shown to the public usually on the Fourth of July, have new restrictions as well.

Those are limited to July 3, 4 and 5.

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