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Fireworks: Celebrate, keep it safe

Article Published 06/25/2010

Independence Day and the 24th of July are two great annual summer events to celebrate freedom, family and faith in Utah. Whether celebrating at various events in and around the state or just at your own home here in Layton City, fireworks are often part of the fun, adding to the festive spirit of patriotism and citizenry.

Having a safe Fourth of July and Pioneer Day means taking a few precautions and using some common sense while celebrating these special days with legally-purchased fireworks.

To begin with, as innocuous as they seem, hand-held sparklers are hotter than you might think. They burn at a temperature of approximately 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. To put that in perspective, clothing ignites at approximately 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Layton City Fire officials believe people who know how, when, and where to use legal fireworks will reduce the number and severity of injuries and potential property loss.

Tips for parents: Actions by children under the age of 18 are the legal responsibility of parents. Misuse of fireworks causing death, injury, or property loss could incur civil liability. Please supervise kids and teens with extreme care and concern. Remember, good neighbors are good stewards.

Tips about pets: The Humane Society encourages pet owners to keep pets indoors and make sure animals have identification tags in the event a pet runs away due to noise. Pets may also refuse to eat or become hyperactive from the use of fireworks. Please keep neighborhood animals in mind when planning celebrations with fireworks.

Other important tips:


• Read and follow label directions.
• Buy from reliable fireworks sellers.
• Ignite outdoors.
• Store in a cool, dry place.
• Have a responsible adult present.
• Have water or a fire extinguisher handy.
• Use fireworks out of doors, away from buildings and dry fields.
• Light one item at a time; move away quickly and keep a safe distance.
• Dispose of used fireworks by first soaking them in water.


• Re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
• Give to small children.
• Carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Alter or experiment with fireworks.
• Discharge fireworks near flammable liquids or in a glass or metal container.
• Use fireworks in a crowd or throw them at people, pets, or moving vehicles.

Legal fireworks

• Ground and hand-held sparkling devices
• Dipped sticks and sparklers
• Cylindrical or cone fountains that shoot sparks 35 feet high or less
• Illuminated torches
• Wheels or ground spinners
• Flitter sparklers, smoke devices
• Any firework that can be purchased at a Layton City licensed sales location

Illegal fireworks

• Missile-type rockets
• Skyrockets (bottle rockets)
• Firecrackers (cannon crackers, salutes, cherry bombs, or other similar explosive)
• Cylindrical or cone fountains that shoot sparks more than 35 feet high
• Any firework that you have to go out of state to purchase

Be aware that when conditions make the risk of wildfire extremely high, many areas will not allow firework use of any kind. This can mean bad weather, high winds, drought or very dry conditions, etc. Check for local restrictions before using any fireworks.