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Where can I set off fireworks in Utah?
Where can I set off fireworks in Utah?

SALT LAKE CITY — Have you seen them? The big tents in your supermarket parking lot? They’re a sure sign that it’s fireworks season in Utah.

Although fireworks are now allowed to be sold nationwide, they are not yet allowed to be set off.

Utah law prohibits fireworks until three days before and after July 4. The same applies to Pioneer Day on July 24.

State Fire Commissioner Ted Black asks adults to use common sense when lighting rockets and sparklers.

“Modifying fireworks is against the law,” Black told KSL NewsRadio. “Discharging them contrary to instructions is against the law.”

Black had some other suggestions for safety when handling fireworks.

Have a garden hose ready. Fireworks may only be set off by adults.”

If you want to set off fireworks in Utah, you should only purchase them from local fireworks stands. Black said people caught using illegal fireworks face severe penalties.

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This applies in particular if the fire from prohibited fireworks causes property damage.

“These are explosives. They are dangerous. They can cause serious injury and obviously be the ignition source for a serious fire. The last thing you want is to remember the Fourth of July as the worst day of your life.”

Where can I set off fireworks in Utah?

The best place to find out where you can legally set off fireworks is your local city or county fire department. This list from the Department of Public Safety will direct you to some of these agencies.

The DPS reminds you that fireworks are never allowed on U.S. Forest Service or BLM property or in national parks.

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By Isla