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Are Fireworks Legal in Arizona?

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Ground Based Sparklers
Are Ground Based Sparklers Legal in Arizona

Non-aerial Consumer Fireworks: Ground Based Sparklers

© 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 Ground Based Sparklers Legal in Arizona?

Ground based sparklers with no more than 500 grams of explosive mixture are non-aerial consumer fireworks. They are permitted by Arizona law. People who are 16 or older may buy ground sparkling devices.

Beginning in 2014, municipalities In Maricopa County and Pima County must allow the sale of ground-based sparklers from May 20 through July 6, and from December 10 through January 3. The use of ground sparkling devices is allowed from June 24 through July 6, and from December 24 through January 3. Use may be restricted, even during the specified dates, if a Federal or State agency implements Stage One Fire Restrictions. Cities outside Maricopa and Pima Counties may restrict use of these products if they feel they represent a fire danger.

Arizona cities, towns and counties may still restrict the use of these consumer fireworks in public places, like city parks, and many do. Check with your city if you intend to use these in a public place at any time of the year. The new law makes it such that they can't restrict their use during the dates specified above on private property. At other times of the year, AZ municipalities and counties may regulate these items if they choose to do so.

Package Label

Packages of ground sparkling devices are typically marked with the words "emits flames and sparks" or "emits shower of sparks."

Ground Based Sparklers Safety

Be advised that ground based sparklers emit showers of sparks. They should be used only outdoors and with appropriate adult supervision. Place upright on the ground, or stick firmly in the ground (depending on type). Remove cap if there is one. You should not hold ground sparkling devices in your hand. Light the fuse and get away.

If Someone is Selling These Fireworks, Does that Mean They Are Legal?

This is tricky! Just because someone is legally selling consumer fireworks in your city doesn't mean that you can legally use them in your city! Don't take the vendor's word for it -- check with your city's fire department to see if these devices are permitted within the city limits.

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 June 2014. Safety tips provided by Tucson Fire. Fireworks regulations mentioned herein are subject to change without notice.

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