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Smoke Devices: Smoke Balls, Cones, Candles
Are Smoke Devices Legal in Arizona

Smoke Devices

© Tucson Fire, used with permission

Effective December 1, 2010 the State of Arizona has approved certain popular consumer fireworks items that were previously illegal unless a permit was obtained.

In Arizona, fireworks includes any "combustible or explosive composition, substance or combination of substances, or any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation..."

Are Smoke Balls, Smoke Cones and Smoke Candles Legal in Arizona?

Smoke devices such as smoke balls, smoke cones and smoke candles, are deregulated novelties. They are now permitted by Arizona law. People who are 16 or older may buy smoke devices.

Package Label

A smoke device package will typically be marked with the word "smoke" and/or "flammable."

Smoke Devices Safety

Be advised that smoke devices are flammable. They should be used only outdoors and with appropriate adult supervision. You should not hold smoke devices. Place them on a hard, level surface. Light the fuse and get away.

Are Smoke Devices Allowed in All Cities in Arizona?

Each city is permitted to establish its own more restrictive city code with respect to the use of consumer fireworks within the city limits. Technically, smoke devices are not defined as consumer fireworks in Arizona, they are deregulated novelty items. There are usually no restrictions on the use of these items in cities and towns in Arizona.

Can smoke devices be used in unincorporated areas?

Yes. These are novelty items and they can be used in unincorporated parts of Arizona.

A Message About Fireworks from the City of Phoenix

"Leave fireworks to the professionals. Restrictions on fireworks are for a good cause. No matter how small or large a fireworks may be, it is a potential fire starter. But it is still possible to celebrate and enjoy the holiday. Families can consult the newspaper or local activity calendar and attend one of several approved, licensed fireworks displays around the Valley."

And, do I really need to say this? I guess I do, because it happens every year. Please don't shoot your gun or rifle into the air on the 4th of July or on New Year's Eve (or at any other time) for the noise effect. Someone could be hurt or killed.

Page 1: Smoke Devices
Page 2: Snakes and Poppers
Page 3: Sparklers
Page 4: Ground Sparklers
Page 5: Sparkling Wheels
Page 6: Ground Based Sparklers
Page 7: Sky Rockets/Bottle Rockets
Page 8: Firecrackers
Page 9: Roman Candles
Page 10: Aerials
Page 11: Single Tube Devices
Page 12: Where To Buy Permissible Items

Last updated December 2010. Safety tips provided by Tucson Fire. Fireworks regulations mentioned herein are subject to change without notice.

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