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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Understanding Utah’s New Fireworks Laws

Utah’s fireworks laws were liberalized during the last Legislative session. In the past, laws were quite restrictive. Many people traveled out of state to buy fireworks and then smuggled them back. Now, more popular kinds of fireworks can be sold and used here.

The Legislature also extended the length of time during which fireworks are legal, so the period now runs from continuously through the Forth of July and 24th of July holiday season.

Since this spring has been so wet, thick grass covers foothills adjacent to many cities. That grass will soon dry and will be a significant fire hazard. People using fireworks need to be careful to keep fireworks out of these areas. It is also illegal to use fireworks in National Forests, National Parks and many other recreational areas.

This pdf document summarizes the new fireworks laws. Below are excerpts.

Fireworks in Utah - 2011

There have been some significant changes in the Utah fireworks laws that go into effect this firework season. We are asking for your help to keep your community safe this year by sharing these talking points. You may contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 801-284-6350.
You may now purchase and use lawful fireworks from June 26 – July 26. (The dates for sale and use of fireworks for New Year and Chinese’s New Year celebrations remains the same.)

Still not allowed: firecrackers, M-80, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, Roman candles, single or reloadable mortars, and ground salutes.

Fireworks need space from trees, carports, structures, or other obstacles. Aerial or “cake” fireworks need at least a 30 foot bubble of clearance around on the ground and above in the air. Some need as much as 150 feet clearance in the air.

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