After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Newport will host an Independence Day fireworks display over Yaquina Bay. This event will begin at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.

The fireworks will be shot off over the bay from the west end of the Port of Newport International Terminal, near the Embarcadero Resort. The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing an “exclusion zone” of about 400-500 feet from the firing area. No boats are allowed inside this exclusion zone.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when celebrating with their own fireworks this year — the state of Oregon is under drought conditions, and wildfire risk is high.

The Newport Fire Department recommends people enjoy fireworks at the city-sponsored professional event. Those who do purchase fireworks for private use are asked to consider the following safety precautions:

• Only fireworks purchased in Oregon at a properly permitted retail location are allowed.

• Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Adults should always supervise fireworks activities.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.

• Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned or appear to have failed. After fireworks are completely spent and cool, douse the device with plenty of water prior to discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

• Never use, ignite, or discharge any fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

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