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Fireworks stand's sales are a dud

For the first time in three decades, the largest fireworks stand in Jackson County is largely empty on its opening day for the Fourth of July season.

Fireworks are allowed to be sold starting today in Jackson County, but the patriotic red, white and blue shelves at the Discount Fireworks big tent at 6731 Crater Lake Highway is largely empty, as is another Discount Fireworks stand in Phoenix, according to Central Point stand manager Jim Ford of Crescent City. Other fireworks stands not serviced by Discount Fireworks, such as the one on West Main Street near Thunderbird Market, haven't been affected.

Ford says Fresno-based Discount Fireworks, which sells fireworks to independent stands run by churches and nonprofits, lacks enough drivers certified for trucking hazardous materials. Proceeds from the big tent stand's sales benefit Impact for Christ Ministries youth camps and homeless programs, though in other areas Boy Scout troops and churches operate stands.

In the 30 years he's operated the Central Point stand, Ford said, he's never had a problem before, adding that he placed his order in "plenty of time." The bulk of Ford's fireworks inventory is expected to arrive Saturday evening, with full inventory by Monday.

"We've always had a full house opening day," Ford says. "It's weird."

Ford says that most fireworks sales occur in the second week fireworks become legal, so much so that some competing stands won't open until next week.

In Oregon, legal fireworks are for sale between June 23 and July 6. State law prohibits bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles and any fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air.

Here’s an area-by-area breakdown of what cities and rural areas allow:

  • Medford, Central Point and Eagle Point allow the use of fireworks permitted by state law.
  • Phoenix allows the use of state-permitted fireworks June 23-July 6, but only between 8 p.m. and midnight and not in certain public areas.
  • Ashland prohibits the use of fireworks at any time, except wire-cored sparklers, smoke bombs, party poppers and snakes.
  • Jacksonville, Talent and Rogue River prohibit the use of all fireworks.

— Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at nmorgan@mailtribune.com or 541-776-4471.

Fireworks still hadn't been delivered to the Discount Fireworks big tent on Highway 62 by Friday. [Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch]