Despite a ban, fireworks pop, crackle across Park City
Many people on the 4th of July heeded a City Hall-enacted ban on fireworks inside Park City.
But others did not.
The Park City Police Department received a series of reports of people lighting fireworks last week even though the Park City Council in late June passed a prohibition on their use. Officials in the Park City area, particularly emergency personnel, are worried about the wildfire risk as dry weather continues in the region. The concerns promoted the City Council action prohibiting fireworks. Sparklers and snake fireworks are allowed.
The Police Department in the evening and the night of the 4th of July responded to a cluster of reports. There were a few other complaints on other days last week. The Park City Fire District said none of the fireworks calls in Park City involved major problems.
Hugh Daniels, City Hall’s emergency manager, said the reports were typical for an Independence Day.
"That’s pretty normal. People either don’t get the message or ignore the message," Daniels said.
He added that people visiting Park City for the 4th of July might have not realized a ban was in place. There is also a prohibition on open flames.
The City Council enacted the prohibition as emergency officials warned of the risk of wildfires. Similar bans were put in place in 2013, 2012 and 2007. This year’s ban runs until Oct. 31 and includes Pioneer Day later in July.
Some of the cases reported to the Police Department last week included:
Other streets where reports were logged included Empire Club Drive, Deer Valley Drive, Three Kings Drive, Iron Horse Drive and Kearns Boulevard.
On Wednesday, July 2 at 11:08 p.m., meanwhile, the police received a report of three children playing with sparklers without adult supervision on Homestake Road. The person who contacted the police indicated the children were too young to be alone, according to police logs.
Two people indicated in interviews they are considering mounting campaigns for the Park City Council, a signal the City Hall election could attract an intriguing slate of candidates in a year when the majority of the five seats are on the ballot.