Due to the ongoing drought and extremely dry conditions, fire authorities and city officials are urging extreme caution this year when handling fireworks. Each year, the Tooele City Fire Department publishes a Fireworks Restrictions Map (.pdf). This year’s map is attached here and can also be found online //tooelefire.org/.
We are encouraging our residents to enjoy the City’s fireworks show on Saturday, July 2nd instead of lighting their own fireworks (4th of July celebration information). Professional shows are much safer and more controllable than personal fireworks, which is why city officials are urging residents to leave the fireworks to the pros this year.
We urge our residents to be extra careful, especially this year, and always use common sense. Please be safe!
Fireworks are not allowed in any City Park (including the Dow James Park).
We also want to remind you to make sure that any discharged firework is cool and extinguished before properly disposing of them in a trash receptacle. In the event that you witness or experience a fire, please contact 911 immediately. To report illegal firework use, please contact dispatch at (435) 882-5600.
Fireworks are allowed to be sold from:
• June 24–July 25
• Dec. 29–31
• 2 days before and on Chinese New Year’s Eve
Time frame for discharge are:
• July 2-5 11am-11pm (July 4th hours extended to midnight)
• July 22-25 (July 24th hours extended to midnight)
• Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. New Year’s Day (Jan. 1st)
• Chinese New Year’s Eve 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.
Where Can I Discharge Fireworks in Tooele City?
• Please note that you may not discharge fireworks in the areas marked in red or at any city park.
The sale and use of fireworks are regulated by Utah State Statute and Tooele City Ordinance. An individual who violates these laws and causes or spreads a fire through the discharge of a class C explosive is liable for the cost of suppressing the fire and any damages that the fire causes. The individual will be charged with an infraction that is punishable by a fine of up to $750 if they are discharging fireworks outside of the legal discharge times or in a restricted area. If the individual is a minor, the parent or legal guardian will be liable for the costs and damages. If you have any questions concerning the boundaries, laws, or ordinances as they relate to the sale or discharge of fireworks in Tooele City, please contact the Tooele City Fire Department at (435) 843-2200.
• Cherry bombs
• Ground salutes
• Roman candles
• Single or re-loadable mortars
• Any other explosive obtained outside of Utah borders
• To report the illegal use of fireworks, please call dispatch at (435) 882-5600
• To report a fire or injury, please call 911.
Tooele City Fire Department recommends to seek out a professional fireworks display; however, if you discharge fireworks please use caution and abide by the following safety tips:
• Be a good neighbor. Communicate and be respectful with your fireworks use.
• Use fireworks outdoors only.
• If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them!
• Always have water handy (a hose or buckets of water).
• Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter or combine.
• Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
• Spectators should keep a safe distance from the fireworks.
• The person lighting the fireworks should wear safety glasses.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix! Have a “designated” person light fireworks.
• Only persons over age 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
• Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives; they can kill!
• Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department.
• Only dispose of fireworks after they have cooled down and have been soaked in water.
• Do not block traffic or close a public street.
Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to a safe and fun holiday!