By Spencer Healey
Update June 29, 10:14 a.m. - Letter from the Mayor to Santaquin Citizens
SANTAQUIN – On Wednesday night the Santaquin City Council voted to ban private firework use throughout the city, joining a long list of cities across the state of Utah that have placed recent bans and restrictions on fireworks.
As six wildfires burned through different parts of Utah, the council adopted an ordinance to prohibit all firework uses other than “professional pyrotechnic displays at community sponsored events”. Utah has already banned fireworks across the state, although incorporated towns and cities can enact their own regulations.
“Basically, what Santaquin’s ordinance does is mirror the state ordinance which gives the provision to tighten firework laws in stages,” said Santaquin Public Safety Director Dennis Howard.
The council decided to move Santaquin to a level 3 stage of firework use across the entire city. While some cities have adopted partial bans and area-specific regulations, Santaquin joins other towns like Woodland Hills and Cedar Fort who have issued citywide firework bans.
“If anyone is using fireworks they will be issued a citation and the fireworks will be confiscated,” said Howard. “First citation is an infraction, the second is a Class C Misdemeanor.”