Park City, other cities, banning fireworks due to wildfire danger

Park City is leaving the fireworks up to the professionals again this year. (Photo: KUTV)

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(KUTV) — Park City is leaving the fireworks up to the professionals again this year, the main reason being a fear of wildfires.

At least six are currently burning across the state of Utah. That’s prompting Park City to take action, banning open flames and fireworks within city limits.

That ban went into effect Thursday night and is normally lifted sometime in October.

It also includes open flames like, for example portable fire pits. If you’re caught with anything that violates the ban, you could incur a $1,000 fine. And, if whatever you’re caught with actually sparks a fire, you could also be held responsible for any damages caused by it.

The citywide ban has been put in place in Park City for five of the last six years. It's typically lifted sometime in October but there are obviously still state restrictions in place too regarding the use of fireworks in Utah. A new law this year also gives municipalities more power when it comes to banning fireworks.

Previously there was a period of 14 days when fireworks could be discharged over the July Fourth and July 24th holidays. That has now been cut to eight days — if fireworks are allowed at all.

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