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Fire authorities urge caution with fireworks

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Utah fire officials are encouraging area residents who spend July 24 on public lands to leave fireworks at home. Fireworks are NOT allowed on all federal nor state lands in the state of Utah. Individuals responsible for starting a wildfire on public lands may be held responsible for the cost of putting it out.

For those who choose to use legal fireworks at home do so safely and in non-restricted areas. "The danger of wildfires this time of year is very high, and sparks from even a small type of firework could start a major wildfire," said Dean Burnham, team leader for the Utah Interagency Fire Prevention Education Team. "Not only are we concerned about fireworks on public lands, but also we are concerned about the safety of fireworks on private lands. Extra precaution should be taken when lighting fireworks in your neighborhood."

In East Carbon, residents are encourages to light personal fireworks at the city park, where firefighters will be on hand to handle any stray sparks,

The use of legal fireworks is permitted in non-restricted areas three days before and three days after the July 24th. The following are a few safety reminders:

•Adults should always be present. Never give fireworks to small children.

•Read and follow label directions.

•Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose ready for use.

•Light only one firework at a time.

•Be safe: wear eye protection and never throw fireworks at another individual.

•Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then placing them in a trash can. Never attempt to relight a "dud." Wait 15 to 20 minutes before placing the firework in water.

Consistent with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, the Unified Fire Authority recommends that firework restrictions be enforced in the following areas during July 24 celebrations:

•East of Wasatch Boulevard

•South and West of U-111 (Approximately 8400 West).

•Alta: Complete Ban within City Limits.

•Cottonwood Heights: East of Wasatch Boulevard.

•Draper City: West of I-15 South of 13800 South, and all areas East of Highland Drive.

•Herriman City: North of 12600 South (except the sub-division of Copper Creek), South of 14200 South, West of 6800 West, everything East of East City boundaries.

•Holladay City: East of Wasatch Boulevard.

•Riverton City: No restrictions within City Boundaries.

•Taylorsville: No restrictions within City Boundaries.

Citizens are encouraged to contact their local jurisdiction should they have any questions or need additional clarification relating to area restrictions.

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