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Cities set restrictions for holiday fireworks

SALT LAKE CITY — A new state law that goes into effect Monday is making it more difficult for cities and towns to prohibit or restrict the lighting of legal fireworks.

The law, passed during the 2013 Legislature, allows municipalities to prohibit the discharge of fireworks in specified areas, but they can no longer ban state-approved fireworks.

Under HB289, sponsored by Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, local fire officials must determine that hazardous environmental conditions exist for a city or town to restrict use of state-approved fireworks, and municipalities have to pass an ordinance to do so.

Only fireworks that can be legally sold in Utah can be used in the state, meaning many popular explosives — firecrackers, M-80s, cherry bombs, bottle rockets and Roman candles — are prohibited, fire officials said.

State Fire Marshal Coy Porter said anything that shoots into the air and explodes — other than fireworks designated as "aerials" — is illegal in Utah.

Porter defined an aerial as a "multi-tube device that has a single fuse that can shoot up to 150 feet in the air, and has a pop, bang explosion once it's way up in the air." He said aerials are also known as cake fireworks, which are a multi-shot fireworks lit with a single fuse.

Porter said the new law allows "local entities to decide what makes the most sense for them."

State-approved fireworks can be purchased through July 27, but they can only be legally ignited between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. July 1-7 and July 21-27. The hours are extended to midnight on July Fourth and July 24.

A list of areas where fireworks use is restricted for the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays is available on the Utah Department of Public Safety website.

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake City: Art Raymond, spokesman for Mayor Ralph Becker, said city officials want residents to have fun celebrating the holidays but to do so responsibly.

"Safety and fire awareness is a big deal for us," Raymond said. "We're going on another long streak of no rain, and things are drying out around us. We need people to be safe."

Firework restrictions in Salt Lake City include the area east of Foothill Drive and east of 1300 East to 500 South, including the University of Utah. All areas north of South Temple to State Street and North Temple to 200 West also are restricted.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department has posted a complete list of restricted areas and a map on its website.

"Our message is have fun but do so responsibly (and) look out for your neighbors," Raymond said.

Cottonwood Heights: City manager John Park said fireworks are restricted within 300 feet of any urban wildland interface, most of which are areas east of Wasatch Boulevard. Other restricted areas can be found online on the city's firework restriction area map.

Draper: A new firework restriction was added around Mehraban Wetlands Park. Other restricted areas are south of 13800 South, east of 1300 East and west of I-15, according to a city map.

Holladay: Aerial fireworks and sky lanterns are not prohibited within city limits. Fireworks are also prohibited east of Wasatch Boulevard.

Midvale: According to a city map, fireworks are restricted on the west edge of the city near the city boundaries.

Murray: There is a temporary ban on the use of fireworks and firearms within 300 feet of the Jordan River Parkway Trail, Murray Park and Historic Wheeler Farm.

Sandy: Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Cline said fireworks are restricted in city and state parks, in any of the county islands within Sandy, everything east of 2700 East between Little Cottonwood Road and Wasatch Boulevard, and the area along Dimple Dell Nature Park.

Cline said there are a lot of little pockets of land where fireworks are restricted throughout the city, and the city's online interactive map is the best place for residents to see where they can legally shoot off fireworks.

"With June being as dry as it's been, the brush and shrubs are so dry, it would only take a small firework to start a fire," he said.

South Jordan: Areas within the natural vegetation border and within 200 feet of Bingham Creek and Jordan River Parkway are off-limits to those wishing to light fireworks. Fireworks are restricted within 30 feet of undeveloped wildland that has combustible vegetation. The city also has provided an online map of firework restrictions for residents.

Taylorsville: Fireworks are restricted near fields, the Jordan River and other open public lands. Other restricted areas are highlighted on an online city map.

West Jordan: Fireworks are restricted in areas west of Bacchus Highway (state Route 111) within city limits; within 200 feet of the Jordan River Parkway Trail and east of 1300 West; within 200 feet of the area known as Clay Hollow Wash that runs east and west near 7800 South; and all areas within 200 feet of Bingham Creek.

West Valley City: Fireworks cannot be discharged within 20 feet of any residence, dwelling or other structure; any area west of state Route 111; property owned by West Valley City; or within 100 feet of temporary stands, LPG flammable liquid, or gas storage and dispensing units. Fireworks are also being restricted within 100 feet of the Jordan River Parkway and within 100 feet of irrigation canals in the city.

Utah County

Cedar Hills: Effective June 18, the City Council announced a restriction on all aerial fireworks and open fires east of Canyon Road. Cedar Hills' fire chief recommended the restrictions because of the already high fire dangers.

Eagle Mountain: Residents are encouraged to use extreme caution when using fireworks within city limits. Fireworks are banned in multiple subdivisions, a list of which are found online.

Elk Ridge: According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, fireworks are banned in all areas of the Elk Ridge for the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays.

Lindon: Police Chief Cody Cullimore said fireworks and fires are off-limits in all areas west of I-15, and everything roughly within 500 feet of Forest Service land and from the foothills. They are also restricted next to any undeveloped areas. A map of the restricted areas can be found online.

Orem: A special City Council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday to decide whether to prohibit fireworks in areas of the city. Fire Marshal Bret Larsen has requested that fireworks not be allowed in a small portion of the city because of the state-approved use of aerial fireworks and the hot, dry weather.

Pleasant Grove: Firework restrictions run along the east side of the city boundary. A more detailed map can be found online.

Provo: The Provo City Council has prohibited fireworks on the east bench and has issued fire restrictions prohibiting open fires in the foothills, canyons and mountains of Provo.

The restrictions include all canyons, foothills and mountains included in the Provo city watershed, except in permanent, improved fire pits located inside parks and campgrounds.

Fireworks are not allowed anywhere on the BYU campus. A list and map of parks where fireworks are permitted can be found online.

Salem: Fireworks are restricted south of the Highline Canal; east of Woodland Hills Drive; north of 400 North, except in developed subdivisions; within 20 feet of any building; within 200 feet of any open field with dry brush; and within 200 feet of any flammable agricultural product like straw or haystacks. A map of the restricted areas can be found online.

Saratoga Springs: City spokesman Owen Jackson said fireworks that propel charges more than 20 feet in the air are restricted within 200 feet of open fields and 150 feet of vacant lots or other lots with combustible materials. All other fireworks are prohibited within 20 feet of combustible materials, Jackson said.

Santaquin: Fire Chief Stephen Olsen said fireworks and all other fires are restricted east and south of I-15, as well as in the Summit Ridge development.

Spanish Fork: Fireworks are restricted in industrial zones as outlined in an online map, and in all areas south of the Spanish Fork River from the west end of the Spanish Oaks Golf Course, east to the city limits. They are also restricted within 200 feet of any open field or undeveloped land with dry vegetation.

Springville: Fireworks are banned within 100 feet of city and Forest Services boundaries near the foothills. Fireworks are restricted along the east edge of the city limits, roughly east of Canyon Road, 1300 East and Millpond Drive. A map with detailed restricted areas can be found online.

Davis County

Bountiful: Fireworks are banned in all areas east of Orchard Drive and east of 400 East.

Centerville: Fireworks are restricted east of Main Street from the north city border to Chase Lane, east of 400 East, and south of Chase Lane. A map of the restricted areas can be found online.

Fruit Heights: Fireworks are restricted east of Mountain Road and the area north of Nicholls Road, west of U.S. 89, east of Main Street and south of Fence Post Road. Fireworks also are restricted on Oakmont Lane, Oakmont Circle, 650 North and 1245 East.

Layton: The city has issued a partial ban on aerial fireworks and will not allow any fireworks east of U.S. 89.

Assistant Fire Chief Scott Adams said the partial ban was presented to the Layton City Council, and fireworks use in areas where a wildfire would be hard to contain — notably the east and northeast parts of the city — were banned.

To accommodate residents, two parks — Andy Adams at 1713 E. 1000 North and Sand Ridge at 2555 N. Church St. — will be open for the use of state-approved aerial fireworks, Adams said.

North Salt Lake: Fireworks are restricted east of Orchard Drive between the Bountiful and Salt Lake City borders. They are not allowed in any area next to the south curb of Eagleridge Drive or in other areas designated by South Davis Metro Fire.

Weber County

North Ogden: Fireworks are restricted east of Harrison Boulevard and north of 3300 North.

Ogden: Fireworks are restricted in all areas east of Harrison Boulevard, and all wooded areas along the Ogden River Parkway, starting at Harrison Boulevard and along pathways to the west and south city borders.

Fort Buenaventura, the city baseball park and dog park off A Avenue are restricted as well, as is the old landfill property at 2550 A Ave. near Fort Buenaventura. Fireworks are also restricted in all open fields, vacant lots, wooded areas and brush-covered hillsides.

Riverdale: Fireworks are restricted along the east bench and Weber River corridor, and along the southwest bench. The area between South Weber Drive and the Davis-Weber Canal on the south border and headed north along the west bench to Ritter Drive are also included in the restriction.

Roy: Fireworks are restricted along the Roy segment of the Denver and Rio Grande Trail, the Bamberger tracks, the Layton Canal and property maintained by Weber Basin Water, including the water reservoir at 5200 S. 3750 West. Property on Midland Drive between 4800 and 5000 South, and east of 3500 West between 4800 and 5000 South also is restricted. Other areas are the property at 2175 W. 4000 South to George Wahlen North Park, and east to 1950 West. Property owned by the Ogden-Hinckley Airport is also restricted.

South Ogden: Fireworks are restricted east of Harrison Boulevard, within 300 feet of the South Ogden Nature Center and within 300 feet of Burch Creek. Fireworks are also restricted in any vacant lots, open fields, urban-wildland interfaces or near any brush.

South Weber: Fire Chief Tom Graydon said the city's biggest concern is aerial fireworks being fired from residential areas into the southwest hillside. Aerial fireworks are restricted in those areas, which are covered in brush and other dry foliage.

"(If) we get something up there, it's going to be a bad day between us and Layton," Graydon said.

Fireworks are restricted in all residential areas east of U.S. 89, he said. A map of restricted areas can be found online.