Park City’s fireworks ban remains intact as Pioneer Day arrives |

Park City’s fireworks ban remains intact as Pioneer Day arrives

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The prohibition on fireworks remains intact inside the Park City limits as Pioneer Day arrives.

Park City leaders earlier in the summer were worried about the danger of a wildfire and enacted the prohibition as Independence Day approached. The decision came as the area suffered through a spell of hot, dry weather. There have been periods of cooler, rainy weather since then. The prohibition runs through Oct. 31.

Pioneer Day, which is Friday, is a state holiday celebrated with fireworks. The holiday marks the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.

The prohibition bars people from using a variety of fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, cone-style devices and cherry bombs. The prohibition does not cover sparklers and snake-style novelty devices. The Park City Council action also bars open flames like campfires and fires in fire pits.

Hugh Daniels, the emergency manager at City Hall, said on Monday officials have not considered lifting the prohibition as a result of the cooler, wetter weather recently.

"There’s still significant hazard," Daniels said.

He said there has not been enough rain to reduce the threat of wildfires.

The Park City Police Department last week received a few reports of people using fireworks.

On Saturday, July 18 at 10:54 p.m., someone reported large fireworks were set off somewhere in or close to the Rossie Hill neighborhood. Two days earlier, on Thursday, July 16, fireworks were reported along Lowell Avenue at 3:17 a.m.

On Tuesday, July 14, meanwhile, the Police Department was told open flames were seen in a backyard on Quaking Aspen Court. The person who contacted the police said it appeared someone was barbecuing, but the flames were "rather large," according to Police Department logs.

A similar fireworks ban is not in place in the unincorporated areas of Summit County. Tom Fisher, the Summit County manager, said officials are monitoring the situation. The state forester has the authority to enact a prohibition in unincorporated areas of the county but has not done so.