STOCKTON, Utah (News4Utah) – Absolutely, no fireworks this year.
That is what the Utah town to Stockton announced Friday.
“Due to the extreme fire weather conditions, the town of Stockton will be enforcing a ban on all fireworks for the rest of the calendar year,” read a notice issued by the Chief of the Stockton Volunteer Fire Department.
Several wildfires sparked across the state this week. Hot and dry conditions have many residents, local and state officials on edge as the 4th of July and Pioneer Day holidays approach.
Due to a recently passed bill in the legislature, firework restrictions are stricter this year. State law only allows fireworks to be set off from July 2-5 and from July 24-25, unless special permits are issued. Even on those dates, fireworks may only be set off from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The time extends to midnight on both Independence Day and Pioneer Day. Those who violate restrictions face a $1,000 fine and possible imprisonment.