OUTDOORS + RECREATION

Fireworks can be sold in Utah, so why are so many stands closed?

Jun 24, 2021, 9:09 PM | Updated: Jun 25, 2021, 11:35 am

TNT Fireworks...

Inside the Fireworks Frenzy stand in Clearfield. Photo: Paul Nelson

CLEARFIELD, Utah — Despite a growing list of cities banning them, Utahns can finally buy fireworks for their Fourth of July and Pioneer Day celebrations. So, why does it seem that the majority of fireworks stands are closed? 

Personal fireworks, or “Class C” fireworks are up for sale between now and July 25th, even though more cities are deciding to ban them. On Thursday, South Salt Lake and Ogden decided to implement fireworks bans within their city limits.  West Jordan increased restrictions on where they could be fired.

However, if you look inside the tents set up next to gas stations, grocery stores and strip malls across the Wasatch Front, you would see many of them aren’t being used. In many cases, the tables aren’t even set up to display any goods.  Aren’t they losing valuable selling time? 

Not necessarily. Fireworks Frenzy owner Brian Nelson said many fireworks manufacturers don’t require their retailers to be open through the entire selling window.

(Two fireworks stands in nearby parking lots along 500 South in Bountiful. Neither of them were open as of June 24. Photo: Paul Nelson)

“They only contracted to work a certain amount of days,” Nelson said. “They’re required to be there the 1st through the 4th.”

Plus, it’s common for some sellers to wait until closer to the holidays because that’s when sales really pick up.

“Some of them won’t even open up until just a couple of days before the Fourth of July,” he said.

There could be other reasons why some fireworks stands aren’t open.  Nelson said there is a major supply problem with products coming from overseas. He said there are loads of fireworks still waiting in ports along the west coast, but there aren’t enough trucks to haul them here.

(A fireworks tent near Bountiful Jr. High, painted with the message “Don’t Burn Down Utah.” Photo: Paul Nelson)

Also, Nelson said there is a lot of animosity toward their industry this year because of extreme drought.  He said they always instruct their customers how to light fireworks safely, even in dry conditions, but he says many people are frustrated the stands are open, at all.  For instance, he said his workers were harassed at his Clearfield location.

Nelson said, “We weren’t even open, yet.  We were just setting up the stand and they went out of their way to come up and make a scene.”

He said he understands why people are more hesitant to launch fireworks while things are so dry, but several people are taking the harassment to the next level.

“[One man] decided to ask us why we were doing it, called us names for doing it and asked us why we would help burn down the city,” according to Nelson.

In Bountiful, one empty fireworks stand was painted with the phrase “Don’t Burn Down Utah.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Outdoors + Recreation

FILE - A skier turns through the trees at Powder Mountain. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)...

Mariah Maynes

Strong winds cause ski lift holds, Powder Mountain cancels day skiing March 2

Powder Mountain announced that day skiing will be closed tomorrow following strong winds. The announcement came as resorts across the state experienced impacted lift operations due to the gusts. 

1 day ago

Tulips are bulbs that you plant in the fall so they can be ready in the spring. They typically come...

Michelle Lee

It’s time for tulips to bloom

Tulips are getting ready to bloom. If you planted these in the fall, your garden will soon be filled with bright and colorful bulbs.

2 days ago

FILE: Jerry Monson helps his grandson Logan Webb with his orange while in camp above the Strawberry...

Alexandrea Bonilla

Bill would reduce amount of orange Utah hunters must wear

A bill would reduce the amount of orange required by hunters.

4 days ago

There’s not a lot of options for dwarf fruit trees out there, but there’s enough in apples and ...

Michelle Lee

Growing dwarf fruit trees

One of the topics the KSL Greenhouse show has been covering a lot these past few weeks is gardening in small spaces. Last week, Hosts Taun and Maria decided to continue this discussion, with the focus on dwarf fruit trees.

9 days ago

Skiers compete in the 2022 Biathlon Youth and Junior World Championships at Soldier Hollow Nordic C...

Mariah Maynes

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center adopts renewable energy

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center's Clear Peaks Program is expected to provide 100% of the Nordic Center's energy needs.

10 days ago

Exercise particularly reduced risk of death for women, according to the data....

Madeline Holcombe, CNN

Women might lower their risk for cardiovascular disease by twice the amount as men with exercise

The benefits of exercise are great for everyone – but may be even better for women, according to a new study.

12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Fireworks can be sold in Utah, so why are so many stands closed?