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Limited public fireworks use permitted in Utah this month

July 1, 2019

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Utah is entering the first of two temporary periods for legal fireworks use during closely regulated dry periods, officials said.

Fireworks can be legally discharged beginning Tuesday and ending Friday between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., The Standard-Examiner reported Monday.

Fireworks usage will also be allowed from July 22 to July 25, state officials said.

There are exceptions for extended use of one hour on Independence Day on July 4 and Pioneer Day on July 24, when fireworks will be permitted until midnight, officials said.

The rules signed into law during the 2018 legislative session were implemented during a year featuring very dry conditions throughout Utah.

Heavy winter snowfall has improved conditions this year, officials said.

Through June 29 there was no Utah county experiencing drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The less arid conditions have not stopped a handful of municipalities from implementing fireworks restrictions. Residents should check with local fire departments for the rules in specific communities, officials said.

The Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office has also posted fireworks restrictions on its website.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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