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FIREWORKS IN SANTA CLARA & IVINS
Charles Peterson, Deputy Fire Chief Santa Clara-Ivins Fire & Rescue

For many in Utah, the use of fireworks has become a tradition. The beautifully colored sparks fly though the air with thunderous reports. As exciting as this may seem, people are playing with explosive materials, dangerous chemicals and combustibles that can start fires, harm or cause death to unsuspecting victims. These deceptively simple objects explode, throwing 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit sparks through the air.

Utah changed its firework laws (HB38) for 2018.  Under the new law, fireworks are only allowed to be set off from July 2-5 and from July 22-25.  Cities and land managing agencies can also restrict areas where fireworks can be set off and restrict their use.

In Santa Clara and Ivins, fireworks are prohibited within 250 feet of the following areas:
Dry washes and drainages
River and stream corridors
Hillsides, plateaus and mesa tops
Undeveloped open space or natural terrain

Fireworks NOT State of Utah approved:
Firecrackers, cherry bombs, roman candles, bottle rockets, single or reloadable mortars, or other Class “C”
Also sky lanterns are not permitted.
Here are a few tips for having a save and enjoyable fireworks celebration.

Firework Safety Tips:
Use only fireworks purchased in the State of Utah from licensed dealers or retailers. If you purchased the fireworks out of state, they may not be legal in Utah. 
Use fireworks only with responsible adult supervision at all times.
Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
Light the fireworks in an open area and on a non-combustible surface, such as a driveway or paved area.
If windy conditions exist, do not light fireworks.
Keep a bucket of water available.
Handle used and “dud” fireworks with a shovel.
Soak fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water, or douse them with a hose prior to disposal.
Keep clear while lighting fireworks, and do not lean over them at any time.
Do not relight “dud” fireworks.
Watch out for your pets and animals.  It is preferable to keep them indoors and away from the displays.
You are responsible for damages and extinguishing costs as a result of any fires that you cause.
Your local fireworks retailers will have fireworks restriction maps displayed.