NEWS - "Firework restrictions in place for parts of Box Elder County"


BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Marcia Wendorf – July 23, 2020

Fireworks are magical. Who doesn't remember feeling awe and excitement while lying on your back and watching multicolored fireworks explode against a dark sky?

In Box Elder County this weekend, Tremonton City will be hosting their annual City Days’ fireworks show on Saturday, July 25, at 10 p.m. at Jeanie Stevens Park in Tremonton.

Utah is in the unique position of having not one, but two days reserved for fireworks this summer - July 4 and July 24. However, the state has experienced several years of drought making grasses and vegetation extremely dry and wildfires can easily break out.

Fire restriction order

On July 18, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, along with the Utah Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, issued a Fire Restriction Order for all unincorporated private lands. This includes unincorporated areas within Box Elder County.

The order does not apply to private lands that are within incorporated towns or within city limits.

Incorporated areas in Box Elder County:

Bear River City

Brigham City

Corinne

Deweyville

Elwood

Fielding

Garland

Honeyville

Howell

Mantua

Perry

Plymouth

Portage

Snowville

Tremonton

Willard

Unincorporated (populated) areas in Box Elder County (not a complete list):

Beaver Dam

Blue Creek

Bothwell

Collinston

Grouse Creek

Lucin

Park Valley

Penrose

Riverside

Rosette

South Willard

Thatcher

Yost

Box Elder County isn’t not alone in facing this restriction. Cache, Rich and Weber counties are also under the same restriction and failure to obey is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. County law enforcement will be responsible for enforcing this restriction.

Also included in this restriction are outdoor fires - except near homes having running water, outdoor smoking, the use of tracer ammunition or exploding targets, cutting, welding or grinding metals near dry vegetation, and operating a motorcycle, chainsaw, ATV or small internal combustion engine that doesn't have a spark arrestor.

What you can do instead of lighting fireworks

1. Go on a family bike ride.

2. Play a game of baseball in your yard.

3. Take a TV or computer out into the yard and have a "walk-in" movie.

4. Assign everyone in the family a dish to make for dinner.

5. Set up a tent in your backyard and camp out.

6. Grab a bunch of different flavors of ice cream and lots of different sodas and make floats.

7. Get out the bathing suits, hoses, sprinklers or kiddie pools and have a "pool party."

8. Make sweet and salty "sparklers" by coating a pretzel rod with melted dark or white chocolate chips, studding them with red and blue M&Ms and sprinkles, and refrigerating them for about 15 minutes.

9. Make oven s’mores by placing graham cracker halves on a baking sheet, putting a square of chocolate on each, putting one large, or several mini-marshmallows on each chocolate square, then putting the pan under your broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Top with a second graham cracker half and squish together.

10. Make your own Cracker Jack treats by melting 1 cup of unsalted butter or margarine in a saucepan, adding 2 cups of light brown sugar, 1/2 cup of light corn syrup and one teaspoon of salt. Remove the pan from the heat and add one-half teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over 16 cups of popped popcorn, then add one-and-one-half cups of Spanish peanuts. Divide the mixture between two baking sheets, place them in the oven and bake at 250 degrees F for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.