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Fireworks season is almost here. What you need to know

Jun 16, 2023, 7:30 PM

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For 2023, the first day fireworks can be purchased in Utah is June 24. [Photo Credit: Canva Images]

SALT LAKE CITY — Fireworks season is nearly here and firework stands are starting to pop up. However, it’s important to be aware of the regulations that go along with lighting off fireworks.

For 2023, fireworks won’t be available for purchase in Utah until June 24. Additionally, the discharge of fireworks is only allowed for days surrounding major holidays. 

For the Fourth of July holiday, discharge hours between July 2-5 are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The hours are extended to midnight on July 4. 

For Pioneer Day, discharge hours are the same. The hours also extended to midnight on July 24. 

For New Year’s Eve, fireworks will be allowed from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Out-of-state fireworks are prohibited

Utah State Fire Marshal Ted Black says the regulations aren’t meant to ruin anyone’s celebrations; they’re intended to keep everyone safe.

Additionally, bringing fireworks in from out of state is against the law. He says those caught could face a stiff fine and have all their fireworks confiscated. 

“If you buy them in Wyoming, you’re breaking the law,” Black said. 

Black says Utahns typically do a pretty good job of following the regulations. However, he wants to make sure residents aren’t letting up their guard because of all the water the state has gotten.

“We don’t want anybody to have a holiday that triggers a memory of the worst day of their life,” he said.

Utah still facing a fire threat

Despite the record-breaking amount of snow this past winter, Black says Utah is still facing a significant fire danger this summer. He says if an area was restricted last year, it will likely be restricted again this year. 

Black offers some simple advice to help keep everyone safe this fireworks season.

“Wait till the 24th,” he said. “Give serious consideration to foregoing the private fireworks and just going to the professional show. Don’t use alcohol, don’t let children light fireworks.”

To find out more information on specific areas that will be restricted, click here

Mark Jones contributed to this article. 

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