Fireworks Restrictions – 2018


During the 2017 fireworks season, questions were raised about the types of fireworks allowed, the number of days it is legal to use fireworks, fire prevention, and liability concerns. In order to address these issues in a balanced and appropriate manner, Rep. Dunnigan and Sen. Iwamoto worked together on legislation that balances these concerns with the desire many Utahns have to be able to celebrate our most patriotic holidays with traditional displays of fireworks. This legislation is the result of numerous meetings with law enforcement, firefighters, fireworks retailers and manufacturers, citizens, and local elected officials.

A balanced approach

This legislation takes a balanced, bipartisan, and reasonable approach to addressing the many viewpoints on how and when fireworks should be allowed.

40% reduction in dates fireworks are allowed in July

  • Fireworks would be allowed on July 2-5 and July 22-25, instead of July 1-7 and July 21-27.
  • Fireworks would still be allowed on New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve.

Stronger penalties for shooting fireworks outside of permitted dates and times

  • Penalty for discharging fireworks when not permitted would be up to a $1,000 fine, an increase from $750. Violations would remain an infraction.

New penalty for igniting fireworks in restricted areas

  • Up to a $1,000 penalty and an infraction for discharging fireworks in an area where fireworks have been prohibited due to hazardous environmental conditions.

More local control

  • Provides clarity and increased flexibility to local governments and the state forester to prohibit the discharge of fireworks due to historic or current hazardous environmental conditions.

Easier to understand restrictions and penalties

  • Requires local governments and the state forester to create and provide maps showing where fireworks are prohibited due to hazardous environmental conditions.
  • Requires retailers to display maps that counties provide showing these restricted areas and display signs that indicate legal dates and times as well as criminal penalties and fines for violations.

Increased liability for causing a fire with fireworks

  • Civil liability for negligently, recklessly, or intentionally causing a fire with fireworks potentially includes any damages caused by the fire and any costs of suppressing the fire.



Business and Labor Interim Committee voted unanimously to fast-track this legislation for consideration during 2018 General Session on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

3 thoughts on “Fireworks Restrictions – 2018

  1. vcwhit June 4, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I feel having a restricted timeframe to light fireworks is great. I recently had to move to a new city due to eminent domain and I enjoy all the open space, however the houses are almost on top of each other. We had one neighborhood fire last year, because of fireworks. It only takes one spark and the neighborhood would light up. Not to mention the vetrans who suffer from PTSD, livestock and household pets who are in danger every year from fireworks. I wish fireworks were banned from this state because we live in a desert, or just lease it for the professionals to display. Just like cell phones in cars, people are not held accountable for their actions and leaves the ‘victim’ with the damages.

  2. Matt MacPherson May 19, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    This ignores reality. Restricting firework days this year prevents weekend fireworks. This is unreasonable. It will be ignored and will be unenforceable. I have little kids who don’t want to miss a week of sleep too, but preventing us from shooting fireworks on the weekend is plain mean to those that enjoy the holiday.

  3. Lee and Dianne Johnson February 2, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your report. We appreciate your work in the legislature. We find you almost always right in line with our viewpoint. Keep up the good work.

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