Fireworks banned on July 24
June 29, 2007
Fireworks will be banned in Summit County in July.
"This year is very, very dry and there is no moisture predicted," said Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott on Wednesday.
Enjoy sparklers and snakes on Independence Day because after July 4 all fireworks will be prohibited even the legal ones.
Bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers and shooting balls of flames can be purchased in Evanston, Wyo., which is about a one-hour drive from Park City. But bringing those into Utah is a crime.
On July 4 and 24, so-called class C fireworks that do not shoot higher than 15 feet or more than 10 feet along the ground can be sold at grocery stores in Utah. But this year, because wildfire danger is high, the County Commission voted to ban all fireworks sales.
State law allows for class C fireworks to be sold for three days before and after New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, July 4 and July 24.
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Last year, more than a third of the calls received by Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer were related to fireworks.
Banning all fireworks sales means fires like the one that occurred Sunday in western Summit County when someone allegedly threw fireworks out the window of a vehicle in the Red Hawk subdivision could be avoided, he said.
If high temperatures and dry conditions persist, by July 24 when Utahns are celebrating the arrival of Mormon pioneers to the state, wildfire danger will be "extreme," Boyer explained.
"Due to the dry weather and the characteristics of the way the fires are burning this year it was the recommendation that it would be a really good idea to look at banning fireworks for the year," Boyer said Thursday.
Businesses in unincorporated Summit County allowed to sell fireworks on July 4 include: Albertsons at Pinebrook and Wal-Mart and Smith’s Food and Drug at Kimball Junction.