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Posted July 9, 2018 | Uncategorized
Fireworks are a popular addition to many summer celebrations in the United States, and Utah residents should know the restrictions in place for the 2018 season. The United Fire Authority published the 2018 map for fireworks restrictions, and the Utah Fire Marshal’s website holds a wealth of resources for local ordinances throughout Utah. If you plan to use fireworks this year, contact your local municipality directly to determine which fireworks restrictions and ordinances apply to you.
It’s also important for Utah residents to remember that Governor Gary Herbert recently signed a law that goes into effect this year. House Bill 38 added restrictions concerning fireworks. The new law also limited the days on which Utah residents may use fireworks from July 2 to July 5 and July 22 to July 25. Last summer, personal fireworks started a number of damaging fires, prompting lawmakers to impose further regulations on Utah fireworks. According to Salt Lake City firefighters, the 2018 summer is especially hazardous due to the dry weather and threat of wildfire in the area, so regulations are more strict than usual this season.
A few best practices can keep you and your loved ones safer if you plan to use fireworks this summer:
Utah law enforcement officials have warned residents that violations of the state’s fireworks laws could incur fines up to $1,000. It’s also important to remember that negligent handling or use of fireworks could lead to serious injuries. If an individual mishandles fireworks, uses illegal fireworks, or otherwise negligently contributes to a fireworks-related injury, he or she could be liable for any resulting damages. Fireworks can also spark wildfires in dry weather, potentially leading to devastating property damage or an accident that could lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. Be sure to follow your area’s fireworks laws this summer and contact your local municipality with any questions.