In a special meeting on Tuesday, July 18, the Moab City Council voted 4-1 to adopt a temporary ban on discharging fireworks within the city limits; Heila Ershadi voted against the majority.

The ban applies to fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than 6 feet off the ground. Prohibited fireworks include display fireworks, including aerial shells, salutes, Roman candles, flash shells, comets, mortars, firecrackers, bottle rockets, aerial rockets and other similar explosives.

The majority of council members felt that extremely dry conditions and the enhanced risk of fire danger throughout the city justified the imposition of the temporary ban.

Discharging fireworks is already prohibited in unincorporated Grand County and the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Violations of the city’s ordinance are a class B misdemeanor.