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Press Release -Layton City Fire Department
June 16, 2011
Layton City Enacts Partial Ban on Aerial Fireworks
LAYTON – In a pro-active approach to preventing wildfires during the legal firework discharge ‘season’, the Fire Department is enacting a restriction on the use of the newly approved aerial fireworks in portions of Layton City.
The affected areas include the following:
East of 2000 E. from the south city limits to Cherry Lane.
East of Fairfield Rd. north of Cherry Lane to Church St.
East of Church St. from Fairfield Rd. to Highway 193
East of 2400 E. from Highway 193 to the north city limits
North of 3450 N. to the city limits, east of 2000 E.
All fireworks are prohibited east of Highway 89 based on the 2004 City Ordinance.
Layton City Code 9.64.150 allows the Fire Chief, during adverse fire conditions, to prohibit the use of fireworks in other parts of the city.
A map of the restricted areas will be posted on the city website at www.laytoncity.org/downloads/fire/FireworkRestrictions2011.pdf.
The Fire Department and Police Department will be enforcing a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for illegal fireworks within the city limits.
The prolonged unusually wet spring has brought on a large amount of heavy brush and grasses. “Our staff spent a great deal of time to provide a thorough risk assessment to determine which areas are truly of major concern” says Layton City Fire Chief Kevin Ward. “The ‘fuel loading’ as we call it is at extremely high levels. As we get in the coming weeks, the lighter ‘flashy’ fuels will significantly dry out creating a major hazard.”
Legislators approved the sale and discharge of multi-tube aerial ‘cake’ fireworks during the recent session. Single shot mortars, roman candles, bottle rocks and firecrackers are still prohibited. The Fire Department will be inspecting firework sales locations to ensure only legal fireworks are sold.
Legislators also approved a change to the days that legal fireworks may be discharged. Fireworks may now be bought and discharged from June 26 to July 26.
“Just because some fireworks are legal, it does not mean that they can be used without incurring some risk. People need to follow safety precautions and watch their children closely”, says Ward. “We still encourage leaving the firework displays to the professional shows”.
Citizens with questions are encouraged to call the Layton City Fire Department at (801) 336-3940.