Sunday, July 3, 2011
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