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In view of how dry it has been and is projected to continue being, KSL sends out a plea for common sense in the use of legal fireworks during the July holidays, along with strong condemnation of anyone succumbing to the temptation of discharging any firework that is legally banned.

Some argue all fireworks ought to be banned. At first glance, such drastic action seems timely and sensible. Then again, it generally isn’t properly used legal fireworks that cause problems, but those that are brought into the state and discharged in blatant disregard for Utah law as well as the safety the citizenry.

Utah law is exceptionally clear. Only fireworks specifically approved by the State Fire Marshal and included on a very detailed “Approved Fireworks List,” can be legally sold and discharged in Utah. Sales are limited to June 20 through July 25 and fireworks can only be set off three days before and after July 4 and 24.

Because of tinder dry conditions in recent years, specific geographic restrictions have also been put into place - no using fireworks in the forests or foothills, for example.

KSL encourages anyone inclined to celebrate with fireworks to do so within the context of what is legally allowed. Voluntary compliance based on common sense will help assure a safe and sane fireworks season.

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