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The Utah County Fire Marshall issues a memo regarding firework usage for unincorporated Utah County.

On July 1, 2014, the Utah County Fire Marshall issued a memorandum regarding fireworks usage in the unincorporated area of Utah County during the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays. As noted, legal fireworks will be allowed in non Urban-Wildland unincorporated Utah County on July 1st - July 7th and July 21st - July 27th from 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Firework discharge hours on July 4th and July 24th will be extended to Midnight on both holidays.

Fireworks shall not be used or possessed in any Urban- Wildland Interface area. (Utah County Code 9-6-8, Ord. 2010- 29, 11-2-10.) A map showing the restricted areas can be accessed at www.utahcounty.gov/firemarshal . Additionally, there may be other firework restrictions throughout Utah State public lands, BLM lands, and Forest Service lands. Citizens are encouraged to consult utahfireinfo.gov. for details on any applicable firework restrictions. Additionally, city residents are encouraged to contact their local fire or police departments to become informed on any municipal guidelines dealing with the use of fireworks.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office encourages residents and visitors, of Utah County, to responsibly and safely use fireworks in conjunction with the impending holidays as deputies are committed to actively enforcing all statutes relevant to firework usage this season.

Helpful Firework Safety Tips:
- A responsible adult should be present for all discharging of fireworks.
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
- Light the fireworks in an open area and on a non- combustible surface such as a driveway or paved area.
- If windy conditions exist do not light fireworks.
- Keep a bucket of water available.
- Handle used and "dud" fireworks with a shovel.
- Soak fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water or hose prior to disposal.
- Keep clear while lighting fireworks and do not lean over them at any time.
- Do not relight or alter fireworks.
- Watch out for your pets and animals. Preferably keep them indoors and away from the displays.
- Check for any restrictions that may apply to your area by contacting your local fire department and by visiting utahfireinfo.gov.

Reported by Lt. Yvette M. Rice, Public Information Officer for the Utah County Sheriff's office. (office) 801-851-4331 (cell) 801-420-3745 Twitter: LtRicePIO