The skies may have been ablaze with fireworks, but for the most part, the ground was not in flames for the Fourth of July weekend, area firefighters say.
"We expected to have a few problems, but we had no major fires and no injuries due to fireworks," said Kaysville Fire Chief Brett Larkin.
Most fire departments in Davis County responded to several small grass fires during the weekend.
Even though it appeared and sounded like more fireworks were shot off by residents this year than in previous years, Larkin said he believes it was because people were able to shoot fireworks in the air and not just light them on the ground.
Kaysville and Fruit Heights had no restrictions on fireworks, he said, and "as long as people are smart with them, we're not going to have any problems."
But problems could be just a few days away with temperatures getting warmer and drying out the vegetation.
"It's going to be drier, so we all need to just be smart about it," said Clinton Fire Chief Jason Poulsen.
His agency, along with several others, responded to a fire Monday that almost took out a house in Clearfield.
That fire, which destroyed shrubs in the front yard, could have been a lot worse if fire crews hadn't arrived when they did, said North Davis Fire District Chief Roger Bodily.
It was a neighbor's firework and, "from everything we learned, they did everything they should have done," Bodily said.
"They lit it in the middle of the street and had plenty of clearance, and it was just a little breezy."
But the legal cake firework dropped a piece back toward the ground. The piece landed in the bushes, catching them on fire. The fire spread quickly and melted the siding off the home, Bodily said.
He received several calls Tuesday from residents who ended up with fireworks debris in their yards, he said.
"They were very concerned. They didn't know if it was unexploded or hazardous."
Layton Assistant Fire Chief Scott Adams said he hopes residents will use common sense for the remaining 20 days the fireworks are legal to use.
Throughout the weekend, Layton firefighters were out and about educating residents about where they could shoot their fireworks.
"We got a lot of complaints from residents who were confused about what is legal," Adams said.
Layton Fire Chief Kevin Ward said no citations were given out, but names and addresses of those who were shooting fireworks in restricted areas were taken down in case of future complaints.
Every firework stand in Layton, as well as the city's website, has a map showing the locations of restricted areas.
Despite a few grass fires, Ward said, "We were pretty fortunate."
He said he wants to think it is because "we were proactive," not because of any luck.
Farmington Fire Chief Guido Smith said he also had extra units out on the road so they could respond quickly to reports of a fire.
But he, like the other fire chiefs, think the next 20 days could become a dangerous time if residents do not use common sense and follow the directions on the fireworks.
Smith said even though Utahns now have more options in legal fireworks, it has not stopped them from buying the illegal fireworks.
"I, myself, have confiscated illegal fireworks at seven different sites, or about three dozen illegal type of fireworks," he said.
South Davis Metro Fire Agency Chief Jim Rampton said trying to determine if a firework is legal by what is shot in the air is difficult.
"It may look illegal, but it could be legal."