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Fire Allegedly Started By Fireworks Thrown Out Vehicle Window

Jul 9, 2019, 5:55 AM | Updated: 6:01 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Two new fires cropped up since late Monday night, one of which was allegedly caused by someone throwing a firework into an area of dry grass.

The Stillwater Fire near Saratoga Springs began burning Monday evening, and another brush fire in Holladay sparked shortly before midnight.

Fire officials said the brush fire in Holladay was likely human-caused.

Unified Fire Authority Capt. Wade Russell said the fire, which was burning at 5600 South and Wasatch Boulevard, had scorched about an acre of land.

“We had two witnesses that saw a vehicle drive by, and some individuals from that vehicle (threw) a firework out that window,” he said. “We believe that is the cause of the fire at this time.”

The area where the brush fire started is rife with fuels such as dry grass and sage brush. Russell said high winds and low water in the area are adding to fire dangers.

In Saratoga Springs, the fire burned close to homes in the area of 2600 Laurel Lane.

There’s no word yet on the cause of the Stillwater Fire.

It is currently illegal to use fireworks in Utah. It won’t be legal again until 11 a.m. July 22.

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Fire Allegedly Started By Fireworks Thrown Out Vehicle Window