A reminder about fireworks in CH

A reminder about fireworks in CH
Posted on 06/26/2013

During the summer holidays, fireworks can be a big part of the fun…or a big problem. Last year, in an effort to encourage safe use of fireworks while protecting potential hazard areas in the city, the Cottonwood Heights City Council made changes to the municipal code which restrict the use of fireworks in or near designated “wildland interface” areas and public parks.

A wildland interface area is defined in Chapter 9.77 of the Cottonwood Heights Municipal Code as “ravines, gullies, hillsides, vacant land or mountainous areas where natural vegetation…exists such that a distinct fire hazard is clearly evident to a reasonable person.”

Some examples of wildland interface areas are anything east of Wasatch Boulevard, the area around Spencer’s Pond (Old Mill Pond), and the hillside around Crestwood Park. A map of many restricted areas in the city is located below. The discharge of most fireworks within 300 feet of any wildland interface area is subject to a class B misdemeanor citation. Class C fireworks are banned within 50 feet of restricted areas.

Please remember that fireworks may only be discharged between July 1-7 and July 21-27 between the hours of 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On July 4 and July 24, those hours are extended to midnight. Use common sense while choosing areas in which to light fireworks, and make sure to have a water hose or bucket of water easily accessible.

More fireworks safety tips and detailed information regarding fireworks regulations can be found at http://publicsafety.utah.gov/firemarshal/fireworks.html.


Fireworks restrictions map