Happy Valley Hosts Illegal Fireworks Take-Back Event | Local news

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HAPPY VALLEY, OR (KPTV) – With more cities and counties banning fireworks before the weekend of July 4th, Happy Valley is offering to take them away by holding illegal fireworks returns on Thursdays and Fridays.

Anyone can drop their unwanted fireworks at the Happy Valley Community Policing Center at 12915 Southeast King Road. The redemption event is being hosted by the city, the Happy Valley Police Department, and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

“The last time we did this a couple of years ago it was two trash cans full,” said Steve Campbell, Happy Valley director of public safety. “We already have some in the can and we open at 8.”

Campbell says the city has a zero tolerance policy on illegal fireworks – it began 12 years ago. If you get caught lighting one, you will be given a $ 1,000 quote. In addition, no fireworks of any kind are allowed in the city parks.

When it comes to legal fireworks, Campbell says the city is advising against it this year because of the above-average risk of fire.

“Some people might be right this year to say, ‘You know, I’m not going to do it because of the risk of fire’ and they put it in a closet in the garage. But when friends and family come over and the party starts, sometimes that temptation or peer pressure is really hard to ignore. And they might pull these and be tempted to put them, “Campbell said.” That really removes that temptation and gives them a safe place to drop off. “

Campbell says throwing them in the trash is not a safe option. Instead, you can hand in your unwanted fireworks on Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clackamas County has a ban on all fireworks, but it only applies to unincorporated parts of the county. Happy Valley is not included.

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