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Bend city council favors permanent fireworks ban

Personal fireworks remain temporarily outlawed in Bend, and the rule could soon become permanent.

On Wednesday night, a majority of Bend City Council indicated they favor prohibiting sales and personal fireworks.

“We know that they’re dangerous, and we know things are drier in our world these days, especially in Central Oregon,” said Bend Mayor Sally Russell.

She said she wants an outright ban, with an exception for permitted public displays “because that’s a controlled environment and it’s important to our community.”

Some fire-prone Oregon cities already ban fireworks, such as Sisters and Ashland.

Salem, Eugene and Phoenix are considering similar regulations, according to City of Bend legal intern Casey Hess.

City Manager Eric King said there will be another public work session before the council votes on the issue. The city issued a temporary emergency order against fireworks this summer, set to expire Aug. 31.

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