With the state of Utah facing an extreme drought, this Fourth of July personal fireworks are banned in some areas and heavily discouraged statewide. 

The Salt Lake Tribune

State and local leaders plead with you not to light personal fireworks as Utah's extreme drought persists and the promise of a terrible wildfire season looms. A Utah woman sues her landlord after getting evicted for breaching her contract by 'voicing suicidal thoughts'. And Utah's poet laureate marks a moment in history with a poem about vaccines, hope, and shared humanity. 

Gov. Cox and over 30 Utah city mayors, council members and other local leaders asked Utahns to attend public celebrations sponsored by Utah communities this July, instead of using personal fireworks.

Sen. Mitt Romney is part of a bipartisan group to strike a $579 billion deal on infrastructure spending. A Utah congressman helps launch the 'conservative climate caucus.' And as drought continues, municipalities adopt fireworks restrictions to try to stave off wildfire.

Used fireworks set blaze to Utah home.

Authorities say a Utah home has been badly damaged by a fire sparked by used fireworks in a trash can.

The blaze started early Wednesday morning in Pleasant Grove, after the homeowners and others set off fireworks in the neighborhood on the popular holiday Pioneer Day.

While both patriots and pyrotechnicians rejoice for the upcoming Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays, state authorities are wary of the dangers posed by the use of fireworks during a summer with remarkable fire danger.

State Forester Sets Fire Restrictions in Cache County

Jul 15, 2016

Until further notice, the Utah State Forester has prohibited lighting fireworks or cutting metal in unincorporated areas, meaning areas that aren’t governed by local cities. Smoking in areas with dry vegetation and lighting campfires in undesignated areas is also prohibited.