Fireworks 101: Legal in your city?

ST. GEORGE — Hot dogs, apple pie, baseball and fireworks. All are staples of Independence Day celebrations. The first three are fine. Fireworks? Maybe not so much in your area.

From July 1-7, fireworks may be lit off in the areas specified by various cities (see below) only between the hours of 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On the Fourth of July, the time is extended until midnight.

So where can’t you set off fireworks?

If you’re going to be on state or federal land, don’t do it. Ignition of fireworks is illegal in all state and national parks and public lands including Indian trust lands.

Also included in the ban on fireworks are unincorporated areas of Washington County and unincorporated private and state lands in Iron and Beaver counties west of Interstate 15.

Otherwise, check the following cities for any restrictions, and have a great Independence Day!

Iron County

Cedar City

The Fire Department has requested that fireworks be lit in the following areas only: Cedar City High School, Canyon View High School and the Aquatic Center.


Fireworks in Parowan must be lit at Lions Park.

Kane County


Firework restrictions are in place for the following areas: All areas south of Kanab Creek Drive, all areas west of 300 West and all areas east of 600 East.

Washington County


The City has asked that no fireworks be discharged within the city limits.


Fireworks are allowed only within the following areas: Spilsbury Park, the American Legion ball field and Three Falls Park.


Fireworks are prohibited in the following areas: West of 400 W., Highway 91 corridor, dry washes and drainages, river and streams corridors, hillside, plateaus and mesa tops and undeveloped open space or natural terrain.


Fireworks are allowed at Wanlass and Vintage parks and in all public streets in the city limits as long as they are 100 feet away from any hillside surrounding the city.

New Harmony

No fireworks are allowed in the unincorporated parts of the Harmony Valley Fire District. Fireworks in New Harmony town limits may be allowed.

Sand Hollow Complex (includes Gunlock, Quail Creek and Sand Hollow state parks)

No fireworks permitted.

Santa Clara

Fireworks are banned for most of Santa Clara. See a map by clicking here.


No fireworks permitted.

St. George

No fireworks of any kind are to be used within 250 feet of the following areas – dry washes and drainages, river and stream corridors, hillsides, plateaus and mesa tops, undeveloped space or natural terrain. See a map by clicking here.

Washington City

No restrictions.

The following are fireworks safety tips listed on the City of St. George website.

  • Use only fireworks purchased in Utah from licensed dealers or retailers. If you purchased the fireworks out of state, they are more than likely not legal in Utah. You will be cited if caught and will be responsible to pay for any damages and the cost to extinguish any fires that you cause.
  • Use only with responsible adult supervision at all times.
  • 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 do not lean over them at any time.
  • Do not relight “dud” 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.

St. George News senior reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this story.

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