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SALT LAKE CITY — As of 11 a.m. Monday, launching fireworks is once again legal in Utah for the next few days as Utahns celebrate Pioneer Day.
Many local launch restrictions were issued prior to the July 4 period and some more were added before Pioneer Day. Those are areas where fireworks cannot be launched at any time due to possible fire risk.
Despite a wetter than average spring, there is still a risk for field fires and wildfires. For example, Draper Fire Chief Clint Smith said investigators believe a small grass fire near 13100 South and FrontRunner Boulevard early morning on July 2 may have been related to reported fireworks in the area at the time. The fire burned about an acre of open brush, but no structures were threatened.
It’s unclear if any citations would be brought up in the case, but launching fireworks in undesignated areas or outside the legal timeframe can result in a $1,000 fine.
So before you launch your fireworks during the holidays this month, be sure you’re firing them in allowed areas. Here are areas where new restrictions were defined this year, according to the Department of Public Safety:
State and federal lands
Fireworks are banned on any state or federal land in Utah.
Lighting fireworks is banned in any unincorporated private lands, in addition to state or federal land in the county.
Fireworks are banned in all unincorporated private lands in the county.
Fireworks can be launched anywhere from 11400 South to 13800 South and from I-15 east to 1300 East in most cases. Fireworks aren’t allowed in a section of 700 East to 1000 East in the northeastern portion of the city limits bordering Sandy, as well.
A firework restriction map can be found here.
Fireworks are banned in all areas east of 400 East.
All fireworks are banned east of U.S. Highway 89, which has been a city ordinance for the past 15 years. Aerial fireworks are restricted in areas west of the highway like Holmes and Hobbs reservoirs. There are no restrictions for the eastern half of the city.
Fireworks are allowed except for areas listed online here.
Fireworks are banned north of 1900 North and east of 1200 East through 800 South. They are banned east of 800 East to 1600 South. They are banned anywhere south of 1600 South, except for a small pocket east of U.S. Highway 89 to Main Street that runs from 1600 South to 2000 South. They are also banned in more areas west of the highway and at parks and government properties.
The map of where fireworks are allowed or banned can be found here.
Fireworks aren't allowed east of 500 East.
Fireworks are banned in all areas east of 1600 East.
Fireworks are banned in all areas east of Harrison Boulevard in the city. They are also banned in all wooded areas along the Ogden and Weber River Parkway, all of Fort Buenaventura, 2450 A Ave., the city's old landfill property near 2550 A Ave., and all open fields, vacant lots, wooded areas and brush-covered hillsides throughout city limits.
The ban includes all open flames and started on July 10 and expires on Sept. 15 or "until conditions improve," according to a letter by Ogden Fire Marshal Kevin Brown.
A full map can be found here.
Fireworks are banned in wildland, canyon, foothill areas and on agricultural lands. In addition, fireworks are banned "south and east starting on south Main Street north to 1150 south, east to Payson Canyon Road, north to 800 South, east to 600 East, north to 400 South, east to Goosenest Drive and continuing to Gladstan Golf Course," according to a city ordinance issued on June 20.
A complete map of restrictions can be found here.
Fireworks are banned in all areas east of Canyon Road from the northern part of Provo City limits to Foothill Drive, east of Timpview Drive from Foothill Drive to 2200 South, east of 900 East from 2200 South to Birch Lane, east of Birch Lane to 700 North, east of Seven Peaks Boulevard from 700 North to 300 East, and east of Slate Canyon Drive to the southern portion of the city.
They are also banned at on BYU's campus and all city parks aside from Sertoma Park (400 E. 2400 North), Exchange Park (900 N. 700 West), Fort Utah Park (200 N. Geneva Road), Footprinters Park (1150 S. 1350 West), Provost Park (629 S. 1000 East) and Kiwanis Park (820 N. 1100 East).
In addition, Provo also banned fires in any of its watershed areas due to fire risk.
A full map of restrictions can be found here.
Fireworks may not be launched within 20 feet of any structure and 30 feet for aerial fireworks and also cannot be launched in a city park. In addition, fireworks are not allowed on the Denver and Rio Grande Trail, Bamberger Tracks, Layton Canal, property from 4800 S. Midland Drive to 5000 S. Midland Drive east to 3500 West from 4800 South to 5000 South, property owned by Ogden City Airport and Riverdale Road north to 4400 South along 1750 West, Airport Road to 1600 West, according to a city ordinance.
Salt Lake City
Fireworks can be launched anywhere from Redwood Road east toward 900 East and from South Temple down to the South Salt Lake border. They aren’t allowed in any city park or wildland-urban interface area, City Creek Canyon or the University of Utah.
In addition, officials banned any fires at all picnic sites in City Creek Canyon effective on Friday, July 19. Propane-fueled camp stoves are permitted.
In a letter to residents on June 24, Saratoga Springs Fire Chief Jess Campbell wrote that aerial fireworks were banned on several dozen streets in the city. He said any violation will result in a $250 fine. The full list of streets can be found here.
Fireworks are banned for most of the exterior city limits. A map of where fireworks are allowed and banned can be found here.
All fireworks are banned in urban-wildland interfaces, open fields, hillsides, vacant lots and any location "in the immediate vicinity of oak brush, pine trees, evergreens, conifers, or junipers," according to the city's code.
Fireworks are prohibited in most areas in the northern and eastern parts of the city, including Washington Dome and east of St. George Regional Airport. An exact map of the restrictions can be found here.
Fireworks are banned in all areas west of state Route 111 (or U-111 or Bacchus Highway), all areas within 200 feet of the Jordan River Parkway trail east of 1300 West, all areas within 200 feet of the Clay Hollow Wash that runs east to west near 7800 South, all areas within 200 feet of Bingham Creek and all city parks, unless with a proper permit for professional display.
Other incorporated areas in the state
Although federal or state lands, a county or a city did not issue fireworks restrictions in 2019, old restrictions may remain in place. A full list of towns and cities with fireworks ordinances and restrictions can be found here.