Hooper officials debate need for fireworks rules

Aug 26 2011 - 11:37pm

HOOPER -- Fire Marshal Ted Black says the city council showed great wisdom in tabling an ordinance that would establish new regulations regarding the use of fireworks in the city.

Firefighters have been increasingly worried about the fire danger from the new fireworks that were approved for use by the Utah Legislature. Because a lot of these can go well over a hundred feet in the air and can land where they may, there has been ongoing debate on whether to set perimeters and time frames for the use of them.

Black said that fireworks are not allowed even now in city parks, but possibly they should have a designated area for use.

Councilman Jared Priesler said the city has to consider and balance all citizens' concerns and that includes farmers and agricultural. He said there are two pieces of legislation being brought back during the next legislative session that will address this concern. The council voted to take no action at this time and table the issue until after the Legislature meets next year.

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