Portland City Council OKs ban on sale, use of fireworks


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland City Council has voted to ban the sale and use of fireworks in the city.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the unanimous vote Wednesday comes after a temporary ban in 2021 around the Fourth of July.

Officials cited rising temperatures, drought and increased fire risk, all because of climate change, in voting for the year-round ban.

Fireworks caused 44 fires in the city in 2020 between June 23 and July 6.

Portland had 15 fires caused by fireworks in 2021 during a similar time period when the devices were temporarily banned.

One of the Fourth of July fires, at the Heidi Manor apartments, ignited after someone threw fireworks in a dumpster.

Three people died.


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