Marsha Gilford, a spokeswoman for Smith’s, said the colorful explosives may pose a potential fire hazard.
“We were concerned with the fire danger throughout the entire state,” Gilford said. “With the light snowpack and the extreme conditions, from our perspective it was in the best interest of the community to not sell aerial fireworks.”
Smith's stores will continue to carry the traditional "safe and sane" packaged variety fireworks that remain low to the ground in its stores.
Aerial fireworks may be sold in tents located in Smith's store parking lots, which are leased to another company and not controlled by Smith's.
The Salt Lake City Fire Department said the decision will likely help prevent future fires or accidents from occurring.
“To see Smith’s stand up to this issue right now and show support of the fire service, that means a lot,” Fire Chief Kurt Cook said.
Cook said the Fire Marshal’s Office just released the firework restricted areas for the summer season.
• All areas east of Foothill Drive, and east of 1300 E to 500 S, including the University of Utah campus
• All areas north of South Temple to State Street and North Temple to 200 W
• City Creek Canyon
• East of 200 W / Wall Street to 300 W
• East 300 W north of Wall Street through Beck Street to the city limit to the north
• All city parks and wild land urban interface areas
• All areas west of I-215
• Cherry bombs
• Bottle rockets
• Roman candles
• Single or reloadable mortars
• Ground salutes
Fireworks will be sold from June 23 to July 27. In non-restricted areas, fireworks can be discharged from July 1-7 and July 21-27. Fireworks can be discharged until 11 p.m. during those days, except for July 4 and 24 when they can be discharged until midnight.
The department’s Fireworks Safety Brochure and map showing all Salt Lake City fireworks restricted areas can be found at www.slcfire.com.