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Local stores pull fireworks from shelves

by John Cartier, THE PARK RECORD

Employees at The Market in Park City got the word Friday morning to pull all fireworks off the shelves. During the hustle of trying to remove the contraband items, onlookers offered candid support for the decision.

Grocery manager, Rush Hotchkiss, explained the store’s position.

"Fireworks have been banned, it’s the only good thing to do at this point," he said.

In an effort to protect the community from potential fires, other local businesses have made similar decisions to remove their fireworks displays or restrict their inventory.

Smith’s Food and Drug stores made an early decision on June 20 to pull all aerial fireworks off the shelves in their stores in response to the emergency ban. "With the current weather conditions and the lack of snowpack in the sate, we felt that it was the right move for us to help curb any potential fire threat," said Vice President of Merchandising, Zane Day.

"We actually made the decision before we were legally allowed to put them on the shelves by state statute," said Marsha Gilford, VP of Public Affairs. "On the 20th we decided not to include aerial fireworks, even though the inventory had been delivered."

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As of Friday, June 29, Smith’s was continuing to carry traditional packaged variety fireworks that are restricted to the ground, and have said that there could be third-party vendors outside their doors selling aerial fireworks that are still legal to sell but not to ignite.

Fresh Market representative, Kris Romeril, said on Friday they will not carry any fireworks in their stores where a ban has been placed. This includes the Fresh Market stores located in Jeremy Ranch and in Park City.

"We will be pulling all fireworks from our Fresh Market stores in Park City," he said. "We want to work with the cities and if a city has placed a ban on lighting fireworks, we will not sell anything within the limits even though we can still legally sell them."

The Food Town in Kamas had fireworks display earlier in the week but removed them on Wednesday, June 27. Employee Janis Lyon said that she was "happy (they) pulled them down."

Vice President of Phantom Fireworks, William Weimer, says that common sense can go a long way in ensuring a safe Fourth of July. He said the company has also worked to reduce the amount of fireworks-related injuries over the years.

"In 1994 we imported 117 million pounds of fireworks, and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) reported 12,500 fireworks-related injuries in the U.S.," he said in a letter to the editor. " 2010, our fireworks importers grew over 75 percent and injuries dropped by over 31 percent to 8,600."

According to UtahFireInfo.org six major fires in the state of Utah had blazed across 120,796 acres in the month of June alone.