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 Firecrackers Legal in Arizona?Firecrackers fall into the category of prohibited aerial consumer fireworks. They are illegal in Arizona unless you have obtained a permit as part of a permitted fireworks display. If you ignore the law, be prepared to be penalized. For example, the use of fireworks in the City of Phoenix is a class one misdemeanor punishable by up to $2,500 and/or six months in jail.
Package LabelPackages of firecrackers are typically marked with the word "explosive."
Are Firecrackers Permitted in Some Cities in Arizona?No. Cities may not allow consumers to use fireworks that are prohibited by state law.
Are Firecrackers Allowed in Unincorporated Areas of Arizona?No. These fireworks are prohibited by state law, and unincorporated areas are included in that law.
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.