What ban? firecrackers, bottle rockets reported to Park City police
Park City leaders banned fireworks as the 4th of July approached, worried about the danger of a fire breaking out.
There were numerous people in the city on Independence Day, however, ignoring the prohibition.
The Park City Police Department last week received a series of reports about people using fireworks, mostly on the 4th of July. Public police logs did not provide details in most of the cases.
Fireworks are banned this summer.
Some of the cases reported to the Police Department last week included:
Meanwhile, the Police Department on July 4 at 10:37 a.m. received a report that a group was barbecuing at City Park, apparently with an open flame. The people were told to stop but were not complying, the police said. An officer was requested. The day before, at 9:03 p.m. on July, 3 the police received a complaint that a large fire had been lit in a backyard fire pit along Thaynes Canyon Drive.
Earlier in the week, as crowds were building for the holiday, the police received a report of a smoke scare. On Tuesday, July 2 at 6:31 p.m., someone told the police smoke was seen along Iron Canyon Drive. The smoke was determined to be coming from a backyard barbecue, the police said.
That afternoon a woman went to the Park Avenue police station to drop off fireworks she wanted destroyed. Public police logs did not provide details.
Emergency officials are fearful that a wildfire caused by fireworks could break out in Park City or the surrounding area, prompting the ban in Park City and Summit County. There were prime conditions for wildfires as the 4th of July approached. Rainy weather, though, arrived in the past week.
There is expected to be more concern later in the month as Utah celebrates Pioneer Day on July 24. Many people mark the state holiday with fireworks.
Hugh Daniels, City Hall’s emergency manager, said the Independence Day period went well regardless of the fireworks reports. He said the rains last week were timed well, saying that the landing zone for the public fireworks display on July 4 did not need to be sprayed with water since it had rained.
The Park City ban on fireworks and open flames lasts until Oct. 31.
"The fire danger is still high," Daniels said, adding that the fire season is "definitely not over."
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