All fireworks shows inspected before lighting up night sky

Posted at 10:13 PM, Jul 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 00:13:25-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- It wouldn't be the Fourth of July without fireworks and there were plenty of shows to choose from taking place across the state.

Lantis Fireworks were in charge of nine different shows, one of which was at Smith's Ballpark. Lantis has been lighting up the Utah sky since 1945.

"Everything we do here is electronic," said Jeff Ott of Lantis Fireworks.

This year's display at Smith's Ballpark consists of 900 fireworks, costing about $14,000.

"The public I believe fails to realize what we are dealing with here," Ott said.

Crews had been working at the park since 8 a.m., making sure every single shell is properly prepared.

"It's beautiful, we love it, the whole nine yards," Ott said. "They are all explosives."

Lantis Firworks, like every professional display in Salt Lake City, will undergo a thorough safety check by a fire inspector before they are declared safe.

"He'll inspect everything that they feel is necessary, and say, ‘OK you're good to go,’" Ott said.

One of the keys to that inspection is making sure there is adequate distance between the explosives and the public.

"We go 185 feet that way, and literally draw a circle," Ott said.

Fire Marshall Ryan Mellor said the city trains with these fireworks companies during the year making sure everyone is on the same page.

"One little thing goes wrong and it could have terrible consequences," Mellor said.

This is one of nine Utah shows Lantis Fireworks is in charge of this Independence Day. It's an annual tradition they take pride in performing, beautifully and safely.

"Nobody wants an accident and as a result we take every necessary precaution to ensure that does not happen," Ott said.