Utah’s new fireworks law headed for rewrite

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A state lawmaker is calling for tighter restrictions on Utah’s new fireworks law after hearing complaints about it from his constituents.Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, tells the Daily Herald of Provo that he’s working on legislation that would shorten the legal period that fireworks can be ignited in the state, and clamp down on how late fireworks can be set off at night.He wants the legal period that fireworks can be shot off to revert to what the previous law allowed: three days before and after both the Fourth of July and July 24 Pioneer Day holidays. The new law makes it legal to use fireworks from June 26 to July 26.Valentine also wants to impose a time limit on how late fireworks can be set off at night.”I’ve heard loud and clear from people in my district. Shooting fireworks at two in the morning has got to stop,” he said.Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield said the department received many complaints about fireworks being discharged during the middle of the night.”Certainly, this (change) will be good for parents with young children, older folks and people with animals,” Schofield told the Daily Herald. “Hopefully, they’ll be able to get some sleep at night.”Valentine said he doesn’t plan to change the new types of fireworks that were allowed to be sold and ignited in the state this year. They included multi-shot fireworks known as “cakes.””Putting the cake fireworks out there, that added a uniqueness to Utah that allowed us to keep our money home and keep our enforcement better,” he said.Earlier this year, the Utah Legislature changed the state’s fireworks laws for the first time since the early 1990s.The law also made it legal to use a new type of aerial firework that can shoot as high as 150 feet. Firecrackers, M-80s, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, Roman candles, single or reloadable mortars and ground salutes are still illegal.

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