WASHINGTON COUNTY — Due to extremely high fire danger during fireworks season, a widespread ban has been placed on fireworks across the majority of southwest Utah and the adjacent counties in Nevada and Arizona, particularly on public lands and neighborhoods proximate to open spaces. There are specified zones within some cities and towns as indicated in this article where fireworks may be enjoyed; other than those, fireworks are restricted.
Each municipality’s fireworks restrictions are listed below, as available at publication. Additional restrictions will be added to this report as they become available.
Nearly all open spaces and undeveloped land have bans on fireworks including federal and state administered public lands, and privately owned unincorporated land. This includes:
- National Parks
- State Parks
- Bureau of Land Management administered land
- National Forest Service administered land
- Bureau of Indian Affairs administered land
- Unincorporated privately owned land
In most cases, people responsible for igniting fires due to illegal fireworks use are subject to prosecution and fire suppression costs.
In general, Utah law specifies that only class-C consumer fireworks can be used or sold. State laws use two classifications of fireworks – those sold by state approved vendors and those which are dangerous explosives – including the likes of firecrackers, M-80s, cherry bombs and all sorts of aerials, roman candles and rockets. For more detail see the state law here.
Also, in Utah, fireworks are allowed to be purchased only between June 23 and July 27 and again between Dec. 29 and 31. Fireworks are only allowed to be discharged by citizens between July 1 and 7, and again between July 21 and July 27. During these periods, firework discharge is legal between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., except for July 4 and 24, when fireworks can be discharged for an extra hour until midnight.
St. George, Ivins and Santa Clara
No fireworks of any kind are to be used within 250 feet of the following areas:
- Dry washes and drainages
- River and stream corridors
- Hillsides, plateaus and mesa tops
- Undeveloped open space or natural terrain
- Ivins city further banned firework use anywhere west of 400 West.
St. George’s restrictions run from July 1–31. Santa Clara and Ivins will restrict fireworks until further notice.
St. George City fireworks restrictions map – shows areas of the city where fireworks are permitted as well as restricted areas
Santa Clara City fireworks restrictions map – shows areas of the city where fireworks are permitted as well as restricted areas
As of June 27, Washington City has not implemented any fireworks restrictions.
Hurricane, LaVerkin and Toquerville
Fireworks are allowed only in the following locations, between July 1-7 and July 21-27:
- Hurricane: Spilsbury Park Ball Fields, Three Falls Park, American Legion Ball Fields
- LaVerkin: Wanless Park, Vintage Park
- Toquerville: Center Street Park
All fireworks are banned within the entire incorporated city limits.
No bans, but city officials are asking residents to be mindful of their location when launching fireworks and recommend that residents try to keep them in a safe area where water is easily accessible.
Although the city does not presently have any banned areas, city officials recommend that fireworks be ignited from three locations, which will be prepared for fireworks use: Cedar City High School, Canyon View High School and the Aquatic Center. Officials are also asking residents to use extreme caution, and remember that residents are liable for any fires that start from fireworks.
Fireworks are banned west of 300 West, east of 600 East and South of Kanab Creek Drive. Fireworks are also banned in the Cedar Heights area and the Kanab Creek Ranchos. Kanab officials also would like to remind residents that fireworks are only allowed four days before the Fourth of July and four days after. The same restrictions apply for Pioneer Day later on this month.
The Town Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting all class-C fireworks and all open fires on all land within the Springdale town boundaries. This prohibition will last from June 30-September 15.
Ed. note: Lead paragraph clarified to indicate there are areas of some municipalities where fireworks are permitted.
Absolutely no fireworks in the New Harmony area.
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