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Fireworks hits police car, spark field fire in Herriman

Posted at 7:00 AM, Jul 25, 2019

HERRIMAN, Utah -- Thursday is the last day it's legal to discharge fireworks for Pioneer Day, and authorities are urging caution after a firework struck a police vehicle and another started a field fire in Herriman.

An officer on patrol for Herriman Police spotted some fireworks in a restricted area near 13400 South and Mountain View Corridor around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

When the officer drove by, a firework with multiple shells tipped over and launched one shell into the grill of the police cruiser, then spun and launched another shell that started the fire.

Click here to watch a dash camera video of the firework striking the police cruiser.

Unified Fire Authority responded and extinguished the flames quickly.

Sgt. Brad Bailey with Herriman Police urged Utahns not to discharge fireworks in areas under restrictions due to high fire danger.

"Please be responsible; we have one day left of the season," Bailey said. "We don't need any more fires here in Herriman, and we don't need any more fires in the state of Utah. Just be responsible and have fun in the appropriate manner."

You can view fireworks restrictions by area, here.