Cities Restrict Fireworks Despite New Laws

SOUTHERN UTAH – The Utah Legislature gave pyromaniacs reason to rejoice when they expanded the range of legal fireworks as well as their time window, but some Washington County cities have countered with their own city laws.

According to information provided by the Utah State Fire Marshall, Utah residents now have the go-ahead to use aerial devices, which go by names like repeater, cake or multiple tube fireworks.

These, and all other fireworks, can be discharged between June 26 and July 26, as well as Dec. 31 and the day before Chinese New Year.

Springdale has the strictest rules about fireworks.  According to ordinance 2-94 it is illegal for people to possess or use fireworks in the city, although people can apply for a permit to set off supervised fireworks in designated areas.

The City of La Verkin issued two resolutions that placed limits on the new state law.

According to Ordinance 2011-06, the new Utah law places an additional burden on the City of La Verkin and the City Council wishes to mitigate the negative consequences of these changes.  The provision bans fireworks already covered by state law, but goes further to ban aerial salutes and cake fireworks “containing more than 500 grams of pyrotechnic combustion.”

The time frame remains the same, but in La Verkin fireworks cannot be used after 10 p.m., except on July 4 and July 24, when they may be used until 11 p.m.  Fireworks may be used until 12:15 a.m. in conjunction with New Years Eve celebrations.

The council members also passed Resolution 2011-15, which cites a lack of increase in firefighting services as cause to instigate additional fireworks restrictions.  Until further notice a Stage Two restriction is in place.  The resolution restricts the use of fireworks to Wanlas Park and Vintage Park, and all public streets more than 100 feet from any hillside surrounding the city.

The full text of both documents can be read here.

Toquerville City Ordinance #2006-0629 prohibits the use of fireworks within city limits except for the City Park Ball field on July 4 and July 24 from dusk until 11 p.m.

Current codes for Hurricane, Washington and St. George allow fireworks to be discharged the day of and 3 days before and after July 4 and July 24, January 1 and the Chinese New Year.

Toquerville City Ordinance #2006-0629 prohibits the use of fireworks within city limits except for the City Park Ball field on July 4 and July 24 from dusk until 11 p.m.

The ordinances for the City of Ivins mirror those of the state.

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  • Jackie June 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I truly feel there should be no fireworks its not worth risking homes, familys, animals ect. Please shut the selling of fireworks down . Help save our community. We have already seen enough sadness.

  • Justin July 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    No stupid people risk homes. I remember growing up lighting fireworks. Wow we never had any fires. I’m sorry your IQ is so low you cannot light fireworks without lighting your house on fire.

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