BOX ELDER COUNTY - By Ellen Cook, Headliner Media Specialist - July 6, 2021
The long weekend saw the sky bursting with fireworks in all colors and levels of grandeur each night. But thanks to safety efforts from the public, those patriotic displays were all show and no after-glow.
Box Elder County Chief Deputy Sheriff Dale Ward said Dispatch receive six calls in reference to fireworks on July 4, and another three reports on July 5. Only one of those was actually located in Fielding and was extinguished before deputies arrived on scene.
“It was pretty non-eventful,” Ward said. “We were expecting more, glad there wasn’t.”
Tremonton Police Chief Kurt Fertig said his city saw equally low numbers of incidences, with only one police call involving fireworks. “It was remarkably quiet in terms of complaints.”
James Munns, with the Tremonton Fire Department said it was a record for them, as well.
“There were lots of fireworks, but Tremonton didn’t go on any fireworks related fires. That’s the first time we didn’t go on a fire over the Fourth weekend in over ten years,” he said. “I think it was luck and people just try to be safer.”
Law enforcement and local firefighters hope the focus on safety will continue into the next holiday, July 24, when fireworks can again be set off in designated areas of the county.
Photos by John Hurley