WEST JORDAN, Utah, June 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — West Jordan City is prohibiting the use of any ignition source, including fireworks, lighters and matches, in certain areas of the city, officials said Monday.
The wet spring has provided an opportunity for weeds and field grasses to grow, and has combined with the current hot conditions to create a fire hazard, West Jordan City said in a news release Monday.
“As such, it is time to recognize this danger and do what we can to prevent injury and property loss from fire,” the news release said. “Therefore, we are issuing this notice of fireworks restriction. Salt Lake County has also designated lands in the unincorporated areas of the county that are consistent with these restrictions.”
Restricted areas include:
- All areas west of SR-111 (also known as U-111 and the Bacchus Highway within West Jordan City limits).
- All areas within 200 feet of the Jordan River Parkway Trail east of 1300 West.
- All areas within 200 feet of the area commonly referred to as Clay Hollow Wash that runs east and west in the area of 7800 South (approximately 4800 West to SR-111).
- All areas within 200 feet of Bingham Creek, located near Old Bingham Highway running the length of the east/west boundaries within West Jordan.
- All city parks, unless a permit has been obtained for a professional display.
It is a class B misdemeanor to violate these restrictions and violation may result in penalties of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, the news release said. The City of West Jordan Fire Department will be providing extra patrols and assisting the Police Department with the enforcement of the restrictions.
“We put these restrictions in place to help keep people and property safe,” said Interim Fire Chief Clint Petersen. “We encourage people to attend the city’s professional fireworks show in Veterans Memorial Park on July 4 at 10 p.m.”
The Fire Department will continue to monitor environmental conditions in the coming weeks and could add additional fireworks restrictions. Fireworks may be discharged according to state code between the dates of July 2-5 and July 22-25 in non-restricted areas. Also, fireworks can only be discharged between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. July 2-5 and July 22-25 with the time extended to midnight on July 4 and 24.