It is now (at this writing) 10 days before the 4th of July, and already occasional fireworks are heard going off in Tooele City. The city ordinance, which has the weight of law on this subject, reads that only three days before, the holiday itself, and three days after the holiday, is it legal to shoot off fireworks.
It further states that no fireworks are to be allowed after 11 p.m. except on July 4, which extends the deadline to midnight. No mention is made in the ordinance as to size or type of fireworks; it is a very broad and all-inclusive law. So, the inclusive legal dates/times for fireworks in Tooele City are July 1 to July 7, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the exception of the extra hour on the night of July 4.
I hope our police have the manpower and the moral courage to bring the force of law on some of these law breakers. It is not a good sign of the moral health of a city, state or nation, when large numbers of people disregard and ignore (read, thumb their noses at) laws and ordinances that are meant for the well-being of all the people.
Those of us who are not too fond of fireworks, are not out to spoil the fun of you who do like these traditions, and all that goes with it. We just wish you would consider obeying the laws concerning the subject. It is no fun for me to be lifted right out of my bed at 1 a.m. by something that is as loud as an artillery shell going off, and quite close to boot.
Gary D. Nord