Fireworks in Utah: A Friendly Reminder
The 4th of July is right around the corner and it is time for America to celebrate. With firework stands popping up on every street corner in town, a friendly legal reminder is in order from your friends at Hepworth & Associates. As you hunt for spare change buried in your couch, between the seats of your car, and in the junk drawers of your kitchen, take note of the following reminders:
Class C common state approved explosives are approved fireworks sold for consumer use at retail stores and are not considered Class C dangerous explosives.[i]
Do not use, possess, or sell Class C dangerous explosives or unclassified fireworks unless you are a licensed or approved operator, importer, or wholesaler.[ii] Class C dangerous explosives include the following:
Single shot/reloadable aerial shells
Wire/stick mounted rockets
Cakes that exceed the 500g pyrotechnic composition limit
Class C common state approved explosives can only be sold between June 24th and July 25th.[iv]
Do not discharge approved fireworks between 11:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. (exceptions include July 4th and July 24th when you can discharge fireworks between 11:00 a.m. and midnight).[iv]
Use of fireworks is legally permitted from July 2nd through July 5th (meaning no fireworks starting July 6th) and July 22nd through July 25th (meaning no fireworks starting July 26th).[v]
If you discharge a firework at an unpermitted time, you could be fined up to $1,000.[vi]
As always, follow any and all safety guidelines set forth by the Utah State Fire Marshall, your local fire department, and law enforcement officials.
Most importantly, don’t forget to have a happy 4th of July!
This friendly reminder and the information contained in the article is intended for educational purposes only. Nothing in this article is intended to constitute legal advice, and by no means should be construed as such.
[i] U.C.A. § 53-7-202(5) et al.[ii] U.C.A. § 53-7-222[iii] U.C.A. § 53-7-202(6) et al.[iv] U.C.A. § 53-7-225(2)(a)[v] U.C.A. § 53-7-225(3)(a)[vi] U.C.A. § 53-7-225(3)(a)(i-ii)[vii] U.C.A. § 53-7-225(4) et al.