UTAH DROUGHT 2021

Fireworks Legally Allowed For Pioneer Day Holiday Starting Thursday 

Jul 21, 2021, 12:45 PM | Updated: 1:45 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Utahns can legally set off fireworks in designated areas as part of the Pioneer Day holiday, beginning Thursday and lasting through Sunday.

Before you do, Salt Lake City firefighters are giving residents a refresher course on what is allowed.

No major fires were reported from fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend, and fire officials want to keep it that way going into Pioneer Day.

They handed out flyers Wednesday in Sugar House neighborhoods so people get the message.

“Record 100 degree days already and very little snowfall this past winter puts us in a situation where everything is just a tinderbox,” said Chief Karl Lieb with the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Officials banned fireworks in foothill areas on the eastern and western edges of the Salt Lake Valley.

Beginning Wednesday, all but four counties in Utah are under Stage 2 restrictions.

The following counties joined the majority of southern Utah under Stage 2 restrictions. (KSL TV)

Stage 2 restrictions ban the following on all state and unincorporated private lands:

  • Campfires
  • Fireworks
  • Tent stoves, coal & wood-burning stoves
  • Charcoal grills & barbecues

Lieb said people exercised caution on the Fourth of July and should not let their guard down on the 24th.

“So important not to take any chances this year,” said Lieb.

In the past, calls doubled for Salt Lake City firefighters over the Pioneer Day holiday, which strained crews.

Firefighters issued several warnings during the Fourth, but they will issue citations if needed.

Violators could pay a fine of up to $1,000.

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Fireworks Legally Allowed For Pioneer Day Holiday Starting Thursday