FIREWORKS

As recommended by the American Fork Fire Marshal and approved by the Mayor in this official letter, American Fork City will be implementing the following firework restrictions:

PERMITTED DATES


As per state law fireworks of any kind are only be permitted in Utah during the following days:

  • July 1-7*
  • July 21-27*
  • New Year's Eve
  • Chinese New Year's Eve
*In July fireworks are allowed until 11 p.m. on all nights except the 4th and 24th, which will be until 12 a.m.). American Fork only has additional fire restrictions beyond the state requirements for those permitted days in July. New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve will have no additional restrictions from American Fork beyond the state restrictions. 

PERMITTED CLASSES


American Fork City has split fireworks up into three categories, or classes. Each class of fireworks has the following specific definitions:

Ground: Ground fireworks are those that do not leave the ground more than 10 ft. They typically include sparklers and fireworks that strobe, spin, smoke, or make sounds. These are legally sold in Utah and permitted in American Fork.

Aerials (less than 150 ft.): These are all legally sold aerials that are permitted by the state to be sold for consumer use. You can buy these at fireworks stands.They are also classified as 1.4G fireworks, or consumer fireworks. These are permitted in American Fork.

Aerials (150 ft or more): These fireworks are illegal in Utah and American Fork without a special permit. They are also classified as 1.3G fireworks, or display fireworks. These are the fireworks often used by cities or large events, such as the Steel Days Big Show celebration. Those interested in holding an event with these fireworks must complete the below permits:

PERMITTED LOCATIONS


Ground fireworks will be permitted on public streets and in all parks throughout the city. Because of fire and safety concerns, the city will be restricting legal aerial fireworks in July to specific parks throughout the city. All 1.3G aerials that shoot 150 ft. or more into the air will require a special permit, which can be acquired here and submitted to the Fire Department (96 N. Center St). Legal ground and aerial fireworks are permitted on all private property, with permission from the owner. Below is a map and table that helps delineate what fireworks are permitted and where on public space:

American Fork City Map of Permitted Firework Locations

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All legal fireworks will be allowed at all parks during New Year's Eve and the Chinese New Year's Eve. For July, the city has identified these locations as allowable because they have minimal proximity to homes and dry brush. However, there is always inherent risk wherever you are using fireworks. As such the Fire Marshal asks you to exercise caution and good judgement when lighting fireworks.

TIPS


Using fireworks can be dangerous if not done carefully. below are some recommendation to be safe and courteous:
  • Use protective eye wear and clothes when lightning fireworks.
  • Get permission when using a private property that is not your own.
  • Keep water or a fire extinguisher near you when lighting fireworks.
  • Maintain a safe distance from trees, combustible vegetation, and structures.
  • Dispose of fireworks is such a way to reduce the risk of trash fires.
  • Clean up when done, including public areas such as streets or parks.
Don't give a hoot about fireworks in American Fork but wonder what the restrictions are are in your town? You can look up fire restrictions in your area on the Fire Marshal's website here (content is dependent on municipality submissions).
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Contact Us

  1. Fire & Rescue Department
    96 N Center St.
    Phone: 801-763-3045
    Fax: 801-763-3011

    Utah State Fire Marshal
    Phone: 801-284-6350
    firemarshal.utah.gov
Fireworks 2017 Map