Fireworks used to be a very confusing issue in the state of Arizona. In 2010, the legislature ended a ban on the sale and use of fireworks. However, lawmakers opted to allow cities and counties to make their own rules regarding consumer use of fireworks, but not their sale. This resulted in the sale of fireworks in areas where it was illegal to actually set them off.

According to the Phoenix Government Website, a new fireworks law regulates when fireworks can be bought, sold and used in Arizona. The new law does not apply to novelty items: snappers, snap caps, glow worms, snakes, party poppers, toy smoke devices and sparklers, which have always been considered permissible.

  • The sale of permissible consumer fireworks is allowed:
    May 20 – July 6 and December 10 – January 3. 
  • The use of permissible consumer fireworks is allowed:
    June 24 – July 6 and December 24 – January 3.

Use may be restricted if a Federal or State agency implements Stage One Fire Restrictions.

It is very important to take safety precautions when you use fireworks. Even something as “harmless” as a sparkler burns at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Last year, Mesa alone had 17 fireworks calls on the 4th Of July and had to put out fires and treat a facial injury that resulted from improper fireworks use. Across the United States last year, fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in hospital emergency departments, with 7,400 of those taking place between June 21 and July 21. 8 citizens were killed as a result of fireworks, and 40% of those injured were children under fifteen years of age.

If you plan on using fireworks for Independence Day this year, follow these safety tips:

Don’t allow young children to play with any fireworks, including sparklers. Glowsticks make an excellent alternative for kids.

Light fireworks on a noncombustible surface. Concrete works best.

Ensure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

Only use fireworks outdoors.

Never relight a dud.

Always have water handy.

Wear safety glasses when lighting the explosives.

Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk they will run loose or get injured.

Keep fireworks away from trees, bushes, plants, dry grass or weeds, and buildings. The dry air in Arizona is a prime environment for fires caused by nearby fireworks.

Don’t use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For the most safety, it is best to go and watch a professional fireworks display. Happy 4th Of July!

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