Fire Bureau Seeking FEMA Funds for Anti-Fireworks Media Blitz


For six years, Portland Fire & Rescue has been waging a border war against illegal fireworks from Washington state. Now it's looking to Washington, D.C. to fund that war. Portland City Council will vote Wednesday to approve an application by the fire bureau for $120,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency money.The Assistance to Firefighters, Fire Prevention & Safety Grant would fund the ...   More
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Fahrenheit 4th of July

Illegal fireworks are exploding in Oregon. Portland’s new fire chief is cracking down.

Cover Story
You thought it was a victimless crime, a Portland rite of passage. You drive across the Columbia River, fill your trunk with powerful fireworks that are legal in Washington, and then smuggle the   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 AARON MESH

BANG! Portland Firefighters Confiscate $35,000 in Illegal Fireworks


Perhaps you heard some illegal fireworks last night? (BOOM!)Portland Fire and Rescue's unprecedented fireworks crackdown this Fourth of July didn't exactly make for a silent night, but it did result in less structure fires—and a lot more fines.(POW!)Fire bureau spokesman Michael Silva says there were 12 fireworks-related fires in the city last night, down from 19 last July 4. And he says Operation ...   More
Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Washington County Man Uses Same Fireworks as WW, Nearly Blows Off His Thumb


In the wake of our cover story examining Oregon's quixotic crusade against illegal fireworks, WW has been following with some interest the seasonal reports of explosives accidents. So when a Washington County man had to have his thumb surgically reattached Sunday night when a mortar exploded in his hand, we noted what fireworks he was holding. Turns out he bought the same fireworks we did.Curtis Januik, ...   More
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 AARON MESH


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