St. George Fire Chief urges fireworks safety during upcoming holidays
Fireworks are always popular during portions of July in St. George, but Fire Chief Robert Stoker urges those who are shooting off their own fireworks to show caution and know the areas where they are allowed — and when they are allowed.
“It’s been a busy season for wildfires in our county. We have been stretched pretty thin,” said St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker. “However, if everyone does their part and those shooting fireworks do so in a safe manner, we will be in good shape.”
As noted here, fireworks in the state of Utah may be discharged between July 2-5 and July 22-25 between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On the holidays themselves (July 4 and 24) they can be used until midnight. Fireworks are restricted in the areas seen on this map.
“Those who violate the fireworks restrictions — whether it is because of illegal fireworks use, discharging them in a restricted area or not within the allotted days — could be cited,” said Officer Tiffany Atkin from the St. George Police Department. “The last thing we want to see are people’s lives and property threatened because of irresponsible fireworks usage.”
Added Stoker, “It’s important to note that the Lehi fire was started because fireworks were set off in a restricted area. It is never OK to discharge fireworks on a hillside. And remember, carelessness with fireworks can cause serious burns and eye injuries.”
General fireworks information: https://www.sgcity.org/firedepartment/fireworksinformation
Fireworks restrictions map: https://maps.sgcity.org/fireworks