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Do Your Part (Fireworks)

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The fireworks season is approaching.

In view of the explosively dry conditions brought on by more than four years of drought, every Utahn needs to be aware of the danger fireworks pose. Indeed, as the state’s leaders are suggesting, each person needs to “do your part.”

First, “do your part” to minimize the risk of costly fires and needless accidents by not succumbing personally to the temptation to purchase and use illegal fireworks, even if they are so beguilingly accessible just across the state border.

Then, “do your part” to discourage other family members, neighbors and friends from discharging anything not mentioned on a very specific seven-page list put out by the State Fire Marshal. The list is updated every year and can be found on his website.

Although it is against the law to transport, possess and discharge most fireworks, enforcement is difficult. As with speeding on a highway, you can generally get away with it. But, is it worth the risk, especially this year when the fire danger is as high as it is?

KSL hopes you’ll enjoy the summer holiday season with its patriotic flare. Celebrate with enthusiasm and appreciation for this grand land of ours. But, we also encourage you to “do your part”- if fireworks are involved - to be legal and safe.

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