Make fireworks safety a priority

Make fireworks safety a priority
Posted on 06/19/2014

Summer 2014 is off to a hot—but wet—start, meaning there is a likelihood of serious fire danger as excess vegetation dries out. While you’re planning your summer holidays and celebrations, keep in mind that the city’s municipal code restricts the use of fireworks in or near designated “wildland interface” areas and public parks.

A wildland interface area is defined 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 Crestwood Park. The discharge of aerial fireworks within 300 feet of any wildland interface area is subject to a class B misdemeanor citation. Other fireworks that remain close the ground are banned within 50 feet of wildland interface 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

Have a safe, fun summer!