LOGAN – Logan Fire Chief Jeff Peterson says he doesn’t sleep well during the month of July. That’s because although the use of fireworks during the 4th of July is traditional, he says they can be very dangerous.
On Tuesday, the fire chief said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public professional display. However, he says for those who like shooting off their own, you should follow all the safety guidelines.
“It doesn’t matter whether they’re legal fireworks, they will still start fires if you use them improperly,” warned Peterson. “One of the things that’s changed in the last couple years is there are now aerial fireworks that are legal in the state of Utah. I know the recommended distances are 30 feet, but I’ve never felt like that’s enough. If the wind is blowing at all it will carry those things much further than that.”
In Utah, fireworks can be sold between June 23 and July 27. They can be discharged in the state from July 1 through July 7 and then from July 21 through July 27.