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Consumer-grade fireworks sales up as many cities cancel 4th of July festivities

Posted at 7:55 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 22:22:55-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — After many cities canceled their 4th of July festivities due to COVID-19, Utahns are buying more consumer-grade fireworks this year.

Wayne Mortimer, who owns TNT Fireworks in West Jordan, says sales are up by about 20 percent this year and he believes it's because people are planning to have big fireworks shows at home.

“I believe people are wanting to have a celebration even though that the cities and others can’t have the celebrations I believe that they want it,” Mortimer said.

While the usual smoke bombs, sparklers, tanks and pop-its are still selling well, the high-end fireworks at Mortimer's stand are also very popular this year.

“What that tells me is that the neighborhoods are getting together and the families are getting together and they’re buying the high-end product,” Mortimer said.

The Utah State Fire Marshal's Office offers the following fireworks safety tips:

Be Prepared

  • Store fireworks out of children's reach.
  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose or bucket of water).

Be Responsible

  • Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.
  • Dispose of used fireworks & debris properly.
  • Never re-light "dud" fireworks. Wait 15-20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water.

Be Safe

  • An adult should always light fireworks.
  • Keep matches & lighters away from children.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Light only one firework at a time & move away quickly.
  • Keep children & pets away from fireworks.
  • Always remember - do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.

Be Aware

  • Use only legal fireworks.
  • Use fireworks only in legal places.
  • Fireworks are prohibited on all state parks, and state or federal forest lands