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Firework Vendors Say Sales Haven’t Dipped Despite Drought

Firework stands all over Utah are opening up to their first customers as the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays approach. Matt Shadle, a fireworks professional and the owner of Mad Matt’s, told FOX 13 that this year’s sales are on par with last year’s. Shadle says “things are about on track,” despite warnings from state officials to stay away from fireworks this year because of Utah’s extreme drought conditions.Shadle says the one big change this year is the amount of questions he and his staff are getting from customers. He says people are mostly asking safety questions. Shadle equates the increase in questions to a lot of new restrictions and older rules being re-emphasized throughout the last few weeks.


Safety measures to reduce the risk of fires include stabilizing fireworks with bricks, keeping water handy, having adult supervision, hosing down fireworks after use and leaving them to sit overnight so they don’t cause garbage fires.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!