New law al­lows fire­works pur­chases through July 27

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Utah fire­works laws have changed this year al­low­ing the pur­chase of law­ful fire­works from June 23 to July 27. Fire­works can only be dis­charged three days prior and three days af­ter the hol­i­day (July 4 and July 24).

Please take note of pos­si­ble re­stric­tions on where fire­works can be dis­charged put in place by lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The law reads as fol­lows:

The State of Utah con­trols the pur­chas­ing and use of fire­works in all ar­eas of Utah. The code al­lows for the use three days be­fore, on the day of, and three days af­ter the 4th of July and July 24th hol­i­days. Here is the code sec­tion: 53-7-225. Times for sale and dis­charge of fire­works.

(1) This sec­tion su­percedes any other code pro­vi­sion re­gard­ing the sale or dis­charge of fire­works.

(2) A person may sell class C com­mon state ap­proved ex­plo­sives in the state as fol­lows:

(a) be­gin­ning on June 23 and end­ing on July 27;

(b) be­gin­ning on De­cem­ber 29 and end­ing on De­cem­ber 31; and

(c) two days be­fore and on the Chi­nese New Year’s eve.

(3) Ex­cept as pro­vided in Sub­sec­tion (5), a county or mu­nic­i­pal­ity may not pro­hibit any person from dis­charg­ing class C com­mon state ap­proved ex­plo­sives in the state as fol­lows:

(a) be­tween the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., ex­cept that on July 4 and July 24, the hours are 11 a.m. to mid­night:

(i) be­gin­ning on July 1 and end­ing on July 7; and

(ii) be­gin­ning on July 21 and end­ing on July 27;

(b) (i) be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. on De­cem­ber 31 and end­ing at 1 a.m. on the fol­low­ing day; or

(ii) if New Year’s eve is on a Sun­day and the lo­cal gov­ern­men­tal ju­ris­dic­tion de­ter­mines to cel­e­brate New Year’s eve on the prior Satur­day, then it is law­ful to dis­charge Class C com­mon state ap­proved ex­plo­sives on that prior Satur­day; and

(c) be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. on the Chi­nese New Year’s eve and end­ing at 1 a.m. on the fol­low­ing day.

(4) A person who vi­o­lates the time re­stric­tions stated in Sub­sec­tion (3)(a), (b), or (c) is guilty of an in­frac­tion.

(5) A county or mu­nic­i­pal­ity may pro­hibit any person from dis­charg­ing class C com­mon state ap­proved ex­plo­sives:

(a) as pro­vided in Sub­sec­tion 15A-5- 202.5(1)(c); or

(b) in ac­cor­dance with a mu­nic­i­pal or­di­nance pro­hibit­ing the neg­li­gent dis­charge of class C com­mon state ap­proved ex­plo­sives.

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