Thanks to the passing of House Bill 22 by the state legislature, Utah now legally allows the use of some of the most high-powered fireworks available n the consumer market. In seasons past, Utahans have been allowed to shoot off smaller sparklers, fountains and firework items that shoot up about 10 to 15 feet in the air. But, now with the new pyro rules, aerial fireworks, some reaching up to 130 feet in the air, may be launched by regular, unlicensed residents. Whoo-hoo!
Firework distributers and state representatives that pushed for the passage of the new law feel that consumers will enjoy the more exciting fireworks and hopefully stop driving over to neighboring states to stock up. Millions of dollars have been taken from Utah and spent in other states that have allowed bigger and better fireworks; hopefully this will no longer be an issue and the state coffers will prosper.
In order to maintain some control over these newly allowable pyrotechnic products, fire marshals in the state hope that national regulations will be adopted to assist in regulation. For example, if NFPA 1124, the national regulation for selling these type of fireworks, is enacted, certain rules will have to be followed in the point of purchase. The higher powered fireworks would have to be cordoned off in specific areas and would require a salesperson’s assistance in handing products over.
While the details of the Utah laws are still being negotiated out, you don’t have to wait to purchase your fireworks. Residents of any state can by all types of goodies, from sparklers and firecrackers to rockets and aerial fireworks, at