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Illegal fireworks spark brush fire east of Weber State

Illegal fireworks spark brush fire east of Weber State

By Jared Page | Posted - Jul. 3, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.

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OGDEN — Illegal fireworks sparked a brush fire that burned nearly 2 acres on Ogden's east bench Saturday night, officials said.

About 10:55 p.m., Ogden fire crews responded to a brush fire near Wildcat Lane and Bona Villa Drive on the mountain bench east of Weber State University.

The mountain terrain and lack of vehicle access made it difficult for crews to reach the fire, said Chad Tucker, Ogden deputy fire chief. Once they did, it took fire crews from five agencies about an hour to contain the blaze.

The people that had been lighting fireworks in the area saw the fire start and immediately called the fire department, Tucker said. That call alerted firefighters to the situation quickly, and crews were able to keep the fire from reaching any homes, he said.

Fire officials said the incident serves as reminder about the dangers of illegal fireworks and importance of handling all fireworks appropriately.

The Ogden Fire Department issued the following firework safety reminders Sunday:

  • Use only legal fireworks
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors in a clear area
  • Have water handy
  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Have an adult present
  • Buy from reliable fireworks sellers
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Dispose of used fireworks properly
  • Never use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Never throw fireworks at another person
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers

Jared Page


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