Firework Sales and Use

In order to encourage the safe sale and use of fireworks, the Salt Lake City Fire Department has issued the following information concerning fireworks.

Selling Fireworks

License required

It is unlawful for any person to engage in the business of selling fireworks without first having obtained a license to do so. Licenses shall be designated as indoor sales or outdoor sales.

License Fees

1. The fee for a license to sell fireworks shall be as set forth by the applicable Salt Lake City Code.

2. The above license fees must be paid at least ten (10) days prior to the opening of the business, and the license shall date from approval of issuance by the city and shall expire on the date of expiration of the annual base business revenue license as set forth by applicable Salt Lake City Ordinances.

Outdoor Sales

1. All stands and/or trailers shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Salt
Lake City Code, as amended, or any successor provision. No stand shall be
erected on the sales site, nor shall any trailer be placed on the sales site more
than five (5) days prior to each of the dates that sales are permitted under
state law.

2. The fireworks stands or trailers must be removed within five (5) days after the
end of each of the sales periods.

3. All electrical installations associated with temporary stands or trailers shall
conform to the applicable National Electrical Code.

4. No stand or trailer shall be installed or located except in accordance with the
applicable zoning ordinances.

5. Each stand or trailer shall have an approved fire extinguisher, Type 2A-10BC, or
approved Salt Lake City fire department equivalent.

6. No stand or trailer shall be located in such a way as to eliminate the off-street
parking required by the applicable zoning ordinances.

7. All stands or trailers shall have an aisle within them that shall be maintained
free and clear of all obstructions and which shall be at least three (3) feet in
width.

8. All stands or trailers shall be so constructed that customers may not reach the
fireworks until the fireworks are actually purchased.

9. All stands and trailers shall be securely locked when not in use, and no person
shall be allowed to sleep overnight in the stand or trailer.

10. All fireworks retail sales locations shall be under the direct supervision of a
responsible person who is eighteen (18) years of age or older.

11. Those selling fireworks at retail sales locations shall be at least sixteen (16)
years of age or older.

12. The area surrounding the stand or trailer shall be kept free and clear of all
weeds, debris and other flammable materials for a distance of twenty-five (25)
feet in all directions from the stand or trailer, and such stand or trailer shall be
located upon hard-surfaced areas only.

13. Temporary stands, trailers or tents for the sale of class C common state
approved explosives shall be located at least fifty (50) feet from other stands,
trailers, tents, LPG, flammable liquid or gas storage and dispensing units.
Indoor Sales

Definitions

1) “Indoor sales” means sales conducted inside a permanent structure located
in areas properly zoned for retail sales.

2) “Permanent structure(s)” means a nonmoveable building which is securely
attached to a foundation.

3) Display of fireworks inside permanent structures shall be allowed, provided the
following criteria are met:

a) If five hundred (500) pounds or more of fireworks are displayed for sale, the
display of fireworks must be constantly attended by a sales person.
b) If more than two hundred fifty (250) pounds, but less than five hundred
(500) pounds, of fireworks are displayed for sale, the display must be within
constant visual supervision of licensee’s personnel.
c) The display of fireworks shall be located not less than fifty (50) feet from
any flammable liquid, gas, other highly combustible material, or from any
open flame.

d). Fireworks shall not be located for display or storage near exit doorways,
stairways or other locations where, if the fireworks caught fire, it would impede
egress from the building.

e). Fireworks shall be stored, handled, displayed and sold only as packaged units.
Broken packages shall be removed immediately upon discovery of the broken
package.

Signs required

1. Every outdoor fireworks stand or trailer shall have posted on it in a conspicuous
manner signs which read substantially as follows:

2. No smoking within the distance of fifty feet (50) of the fireworks stand or
trailer.

3. No fireworks discharge shall be allowed within the distance of fifty feet (50)
of the fireworks stand or trailer.

4. The dates on which fireworks may be legally discharged pursuant to
state law:

Three days before, on the day of, and three days following:

(a) July 4;
(b) July 24;
(c) January 1; and
(d) the Chinese New Year

5. Every indoor fireworks seller shall have posted in a conspicuous manner signs
which read substantially as follows:

a) No smoking or open flames allowed within fifty feet of the fireworks display.

b) The dates on which fireworks may be legally discharged pursuant to
state law:

Three days before, on the day of, and three days following:

(a) July 4;
(b) July 24;
(c) January 1; and
(d) the Chinese New Year.

Discharging Fireworks and Safety Precautions

Fireworks may be discharged in approved areas only (restricted areas listed below).
Only Class 1.4G fireworks that cannot travel more than 15’ in to the air (vertically) or 10’ on the ground (horizontally) are state approved for residential and recreational use.

Fireworks that explode (fire crackers) are prohibited.

Fireworks such as bottle rockets and roman candles are strictly prohibited.

No fireworks discharge shall be allowed within the distance of one hundred fifty feet (150) of the fireworks stand or trailer.

Parents are strongly encouraged to supervise their children while using fireworks.

*Please keep a bucket of water nearby to place spent fireworks in for at least twelve (12) hours before discarding into a garbage can.

Restrictions

The following areas are restricted from any open fires or fireworks use:

All areas east of Foothill Drive, and east of 1300 E to 500 S, including the University of Utah campus.

All areas north of South Temple to State Street and North Temple to 200 W

City Creek Canyon

East of 200 W / Wall Street to 300 W

East 300 W north of Wall Street through Beck Street to the city limit to the north

All city parks and wildland urban interface areas

All areas west of I-215

Note: Only propane fueled camping stoves may be used in City Creek Canyon. All open fires and charcoal grills are restricted

The following restriction has been placed on cigarettes, cigars, or other similar products:
Cigarettes may only be smoked within the confines of a vehicle in City Creek Canyon. Salt Lake City currently has an ordinance allowing the recover of costs associated with extinguishing a fire caused by the negligent use of fireworks, fires, and/or the improper extinguishment of cigarettes. The costs associated with fighting large grass fires can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Please properly extinguish all cigarettes before disposal. Littering laws will be fully enforced.

Fireworks can be a fun part of both the 4th of July and 24th of July holidays. Legal fireworks sold in Utah by licensed dealers are a part of many family’s traditions. When adults purchase legal fireworks and closely follow directions, they can have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
During the upcoming holiday periods, the fire department will have additional personnel out in the community to enforce the fireworks codes and restricted areas.

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