Beach fireworks? Snuff that

Rogue Valley residents looking to put some bang in their coastal Fourth of July celebrations just had a little water thrown on the idea.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department reminds beach-goers that all fireworks, including sparklers, are banned in state parks and on Oregon's ocean beaches year-round — including during next week's holiday.

The ban is in place to curb fireworks-related injuries and fires in beach grasses susceptible to quick burns, parks officials say. Coast visitors will find notices about the ban will be posted this week at major beach access points. Only fireworks managed as part of Fourth-of-July community events with pre-approved permits are allowed.

For a list of major community fireworks displays, visit

— Mark Freeman

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