New fireworks restrictions causing confusion

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WEST VALLEY, Utah (News4Utah) – New fireworks restrictions have caused some confusion for customers on when they can be lit off. Monday, July 2 was the first day where they were allowed in certain areas and times. Officials warn of the fire danger and new laws for starting a blaze with fireworks.

At the TNT fireworks stand at the West Valley WalMart stand owner Dorian Cottle said many of those buying haven’t known about the new restrictions. Even though signs are posted.

“You could tell they probably didn’t know,” said Cottle.

New laws restrict the number of days people can light off fireworks, although people can buy them beforehand.

At another stand in West Jordan, Lisa Davis said it’s too early to tell if the new restrictions are impacting business. Because the majority of sales happen on July 3rd and 4th. She notes the new law has caused confusion.

“I have people that come up and hesitate, and say can we light fireworks here?” said Davis. “I’m like yeah here are the rules.”

Unified Fire Authority has put out a map of fire restrictions around the Salt Lake County. While the Department of Public Safety has listed restrictions from around the state.

Chief Dan Petersen said the restricted areas could expand if the weather changes. Under the new law people lighting off in a restricted area could face a $1,000 fine. Those found negligent could also be forced to pay the cost of fighting the fire.

“You are shown to be negligent just being in the red zone or outside of the time frame,” said Chief Petersen.

Residents can discharge fireworks from July 2nd – 4th. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., but on the 4th the limit is until midnight.

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