Salt Lake City firefighters remind residents of fireworks ban

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City firefighters are going door-to-door to remind residents of the city’s fireworks ban on this July 4th holiday weekend.

Salt Lake City Fire Department chief Karl Lieb said he was concerned that fireworks could be set off despite the ban in the city.

“This is a big concern,” he told KSL Newsradio at a press conference. “Our environmental status is ripe for fire, including the city-wide ban on fireworks and all open flames.”

Lieb said his firefighters are reaching out to the community to help prevent fires over the weekend. In addition, his first aiders can reach several hundred residents in a two-hour window to inform them and answer their questions.

Yet, with as much work as the firefighters did to get the news out, Lieb said his department was preparing for the worst.

We are always optimistic about what will happen over the July holidays, ”he said. “But we also have to be realistic.”

Lieb wants people to enjoy the vacation and hopes they do. However, he wants them to make it without fireworks this year.

“We want people to celebrate the holiday,” he said. “But there are many different versions of partying that don’t involve active fireworks.”

If Salt Lake City residents wish to set off fireworks, they must travel to an area where they are permitted. Lieb offers some simple tips to keep everyone safe.

“Do this with an extinguishing agent nearby,” he said. “And this, of course, under adult supervision and make sure that they are not near the ignition point when the fireworks are set off.”

Lieb also said the penalty for firing fireworks within the Salt Lake City boundaries if the person is caught is a Class B offense and a fine of up to $ 1,000.

And there is more.

“You will also be responsible for any liability,” said the Salt Lake City Fire Department chief. “To be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The ban also includes small fireworks such as smoke bombs and sparklers.

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