Gov. Cox Encourages Utahns To Not Light Fireworks Amid Drought Conditions

Jun 16, 2021, 9:45 AM | Updated: 10:08 am
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)...
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox is asking Utahns to cut back on fireworks this year amid severe drought conditions and dangerous fire conditions.

However, he said he hasn’t decided if there will be a statewide firework ban.

“I can’t tell you right now if there is going to be a statewide ban,” Cox said while answering a question during a live Q&A on Facebook.

Cox issued an executive order on June 8 that bans fireworks for state and unincorporated lands.

Some cities are banning fireworks within their borders, including Eagle Mountain, which voted to ban fireworks during both July holidays. Salt Lake County already released an interactive map showing firework restricted areas.

The governor said to expect more restrictions as we lead up to the 4th of July, but he did not offer specifics. He did urge Utahns to not light fireworks at all because of the dry drought conditions.

“I would encourage you not do fireworks this year,” Cox said.

However, he did encourage Utahns to buy fireworks, even if they don’t light them.

“Go buy them. Support the local economy and those that are in the fireworks business but save them until we’re in better times and maybe until next year even if necessary,” Cox said.

Fireworks are only legal to light off in the two days leading up to the 4th of July, on the holiday itself and one day after. The same rules apply for Pioneer Day on July 24.

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Gov. Cox Encourages Utahns To Not Light Fireworks Amid Drought Conditions