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Novelty Items: Snakes and Poppers
Are Snakes and Poppers Legal in Arizona

Novelty Fireworks: Snakes and Poppers

© 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 Snakes and Poppers Legal in Arizona?

Novelty items such as snakes, poppers, party poppers that emit confetti, pistol-type party poppers and similar novelty items with .25 grains of explosive material or less are defined as deregulated novelties. They are now permitted by Arizona law. People who are 16 or older may buy these novelty fireworks.

Package Label

A package of snakes will typically be marked with the word "flammable" or "emits ash."

Novelty Items Safety

Be advised that novelties such as snakes are flammable. They should be used only outdoors and with appropriate adult supervision. Don't put a snake in your mouth. Put them on the ground and light the pellet. Snappers and Drop Pops should not be thrown on the ground or on a hard surface. Party poppers should never be pointed at a person or at your own face.

Are Snakes and Poppers 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, these 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 Snakes and Poppers Be Used in Unincorporated Areas?

Yes. They 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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