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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
West Desert District Office
 
Release Date: 07/01/13
Contacts: Lisa Reid, 435-743-3100    

Personal Fireworks Displays Allowed on July 4th at Bonneville Salt Flats


Salt Lake City—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), West Desert District is allowing an exemption to the fireworks restriction on July 4th along the access road of the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Utah. The BLM will patrol the area during the festivities and will provide a dumpster at the access road for disposal of fireworks trash. This exception applies only to personal fireworks displays from 6 a.m. on July 4th to 6 a.m. on July 5th.   

“We have made this temporary exception to the fireworks restriction to provide a safe and fun location for celebrating the 4th of July,” said West Desert District Manager Kevin Oliver. “In past years, we have successfully provided this area for personal fireworks on the 4th of July. The Bonneville Salt Flats are an important resource used by many different groups including racing, and filming. With the public’s help keeping the area clean, we don’t anticipate any problems,” said Oliver.   
 
The public is being asked to practice the following:
 
Leave No Trace – Bring a trash bag and carry out what you bring in, including spent fireworks.
Firework Safety – Be sure children are properly supervised when setting off fireworks. Be sure fireworks are cold before placing in the trash. Make sure that all personal fireworks are legal for use in Utah.
Driving Safety – Wear your seatbelt. Don’t speed, and most importantly, don’t drink and drive.
 
The Bonneville Salt Flats is managed by the BLM Utah as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and a Special Recreation Management Area, and is on the National Register for Historic Places. To learn more about the Bonneville Salt Flats visit: www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lake.html.
 
Fireworks are prohibited on all BLM-managed lands in the West Desert District. Currently, fire danger is very high and human-caused fires pose a threat to the public and the public lands.

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Last updated: 07-02-2013