Fireworks makers say cities are not allowed to tighten restrictions now

SALT LAKE CITY – Companies that make fireworks say they understand the need to be more careful when using fireworks in these very dry conditions, but say towns and villages that wish to increase their restrictions are now against state law.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson is calling on municipalities to “review their situation” before fireworks are allowed to be used, starting July 2. She says once a city makes a plan, the information will be passed to the county and added to a map that shows where fireworks are allowed.

This has fireworks makers crying out scandal.

“They are now creating additional restrictions, which is not in accordance with state law,” according to TNT Fireworks security expert James Fuller.

He says the deadline for a municipality to set its restrictions expired in May, and he believes towns and villages had been warned in advance that the state was in a drought at that time. He says their retailers have already bought their supplies for the year and the tightening of the restrictions would leave those retailers with a lot of fireworks they can’t sell.

“What we’ve seen, too, is that many local leaders and state politicians are pushing consumers to say that you shouldn’t use fireworks and that fireworks should be illegal.” , Fuller said.

Fuller agrees that people need to take extra steps to make sure they use fireworks safely, and he believes that can happen without changing regulations at the last minute. Their retailers will have signs and other materials to give to their customers explaining where fireworks are prohibited.

“We agree that we have to be safe and very responsible when we use fireworks for consumers, or any fireworks for that matter, when we are battling an arid climate,” he says.

Fuller also says that the oldest and well-known fireworks safety tips are still the best. People should only use them on flat surfaces, they should have a water source nearby, and the fireworks used should be completely submerged in water before being discarded. In addition, they should be kept away from homes.

“We need to be even more vigilant this year about the proximity and location for which we use fireworks,” Fuller explains.

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