Setting off fireworks early causes more harm than happiness

Jun 27, 2023, 8:00 AM

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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has announced that the traditional fireworks shows in the city will be replaced by drone shows. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

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SALT LAKE CITY — There’s not only a fine on the line for setting off fireworks early this year, but those with pets or clinical issues can really struggle.

Fireworks in Utah officially went on sale Saturday. Since then, there have been several reports of Utahns lighting their rockets before the authorized days.

State Fire Marshal Ted Black said this needs to stop.

“It is grossly inconsiderate to light fireworks outside of the days that they’re allowed by law.”

Those who have pets or clinical issues such as PTSD can really struggle with unexpected bangs and flashes of light. That’s why Utah has legally approved days and times to light fireworks.

“People who have issues can take measures to deal with the fireworks during the days that they are allowed to be lit,” said Black.

In addition to being inconsiderate to neighbors, fines up to $1000 can be issued for lighting fireworks outside of legal times and areas.

Even with these heavy consequences, Black said writing tickets isn’t the department’s main focus.

“We have no interest in writing people fines and giving people tickets. What we want is for people to be considerate of those around them.”

When and where to light fireworks

Legal times to light fireworks in Utah last from July 2 to 5, and July 22 to 25 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and until midnight on the 4th and 24th.

The United Fire Authority provides this interactive map to show where fireworks can and cannot be lit in Salt Lake County.

Black emphasized that citizens can have fun by following the rules.

“Be safe. Have fun. If you choose to celebrate with fireworks, buy them in Utah. Follow the directions. And if you choose to celebrate with alcohol, choose not to celebrate with fireworks. Fireworks and alcohol do not mix.”


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Setting off fireworks early causes more harm than happiness