Hot, dry weather and the Utah State Legislature will make this year's fireworks season a little less explosive than last year's, with fewer days to ignite fireworks and local bans in areas of high fire danger. The 2012 legislature amended last year's law so that Utahns are allowed to discharge fireworks July 1-7, July 21-27, December 31, and Chinese New Year.
Many Utah residents have enjoyed lighting aerial fireworks that were legalized last year, but Smith's stores have decided not to sell aerial fireworks, citing dry weather and fire danger. Fireworks are banned in most bench and foothill areas, so check the Utah Department of Public Safety website for information on bans in your area.
Photo by Joe Sohm, Visions of America.