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Illegal fireworks spark brush fire east of Weber State
July 3rd, 2011 @ 12:19pm
By Jared Page

OGDEN — Illegal fireworks sparked a brush fire that burned nearly 2 acres on Ogden's east bench Saturday night, officials said.

About 10:55 p.m., Ogden fire crews responded to a brush fire near Wildcat Lane and Bona Villa Drive on the mountain bench east of Weber State University.

The mountain terrain and lack of vehicle access made it difficult for crews to reach the fire, said Chad Tucker, Ogden deputy fire chief. Once they did, it took fire crews from five agencies about an hour to contain the blaze.

The people that had been lighting fireworks in the area saw the fire start and immediately called the fire department, Tucker said. That call alerted firefighters to the situation quickly, and crews were able to keep the fire from reaching any homes, he said.

Fire officials said the incident serves as reminder about the dangers of illegal fireworks and importance of handling all fireworks appropriately.

The Ogden Fire Department issued the following firework safety reminders Sunday:

Use only legal fireworks

Only ignite fireworks outdoors in a clear area

Have water handy

Always read and follow label directions

Have an adult present

Buy from reliable fireworks sellers

Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks

Light one firework at a time

Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks

Never give fireworks to small children

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place

Dispose of used fireworks properly

Never use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Never throw fireworks at another person

Never carry fireworks in your pocket

Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers