As fire departments throughout the state are preparing for a busy Independence Day celebration this week, I was extremely disappointed to find in the Sunday edition of the Deseret News an advertisement for illegal fireworks from a retailer in Evanston, Wyo. These advertised fireworks are illegal to possess or use anywhere in Utah. Bottle rockets are especially troublesome as they are able to be projected in any direction with no control over their destination, sometimes causing damage to roofs and igniting brush fires.
While I recognize that it is the business of a newspaper to sell advertising, I would hope that the Deseret News would recognize the public-safety issues involving these fireworks and at least include a disclaimer in the advertisement informing the reader that illegal fireworks are subject to confiscation and citation when brought into Utah.
Blair Camp is the chief of Provo Fire & Rescue.