We live in Umatilla (the McNary area). For several years we have complained to the Umatilla city police and fire department regard illegal fireworks. Last year, we even read a letter to the Umatilla City Council about this problem, only to be ridiculed by the then-fire chief!
This year the illegal fireworks are even worse; they start a couple of weeks before the Fourth of July and are continuing these last several days. The fireworks usually start around 9 p.m. and continue until 11 or 11:30 p.m. We have called the 911 dispatch to report a few of these incidents, and according to the East Oregonian, others have also reported this problem, but to no avail.
We feel the Umatilla police and fire departments are not doing their job patrolling the areas of John Day and El Monte Streets to let the people know the illegal fireworks are illegal and subject to a fine, etc. If we know where this is activity is occurring, you would think they would also!
Fortunately, there have not been fires, especially with the tall dry grass in many yards.
Bill and Cece Delfs