Section 10-2-8 Discharge or Ignition of Fireworks
A. Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section 10-2-8, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection 10-2-8(A), except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- "Consumer firework" means those fireworks defined by A.R.S. § 36-1601.
- "Display firework" means those fireworks defined by A.R.S. § 36-1601.
- "Expenses of an emergency response" means reasonable costs directly incurred by public agencies, for-profit entities or not-for-profit entities that make an appropriate emergency response to an incident.
- "Fireworks" means 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, that is a consumer firework, display firework or permissible consumer firework as defined by A.R.S. § 36-1601.
- "Novelty items" means federally deregulated novelty items that are known as snappers, snap caps, party poppers, glow worms, snakes, toy smoke devices, sparklers, and certain toys as defined in A.R.S. § 36-1601.
- "Permissible consumer fireworks" means those fireworks as defined by A.R.S. § 36-1601 that may be sold within the city even where the use of those items has been prohibited.
- "Reasonable costs" includes the costs of providing police, fire fighting, rescue and emergency medical services at the scene of an incident and the salaries of the persons who respond to the incident.
- "Supervised public display" means a monitored performance of display fireworks open to the public and authorized by permit issued by the city manager or authorized designee.
B. Fireworks prohibited; exceptions.
- It shall be unlawful for any person, other than those parties engaged in a supervised public display, to sell, use, discharge or cause the ignition of fireworks within the corporate limits of the city.
- Nothing in this section 10-2-8 shall be construed to prohibit the use, discharge or ignition of novelty items or the occurrence of a supervised public display of fireworks pursuant to a permit issued by the city.
- Upon written application to the city on a form approved by the city, permits may be granted by the city manager or authorized designee for conducting a supervised public display of fireworks. Application to the city for a permit shall be made in writing not less than ten (10) days prior to the date of the display. Every display shall be handled by a competent operator, and shall be of a character and located, discharged and fired so that it will not be hazardous to property or endanger any person. Before a permit is granted, the operator, location and handling of the display shall be approved, after investigation, by the city manager or authorized designee. After a permit is granted, the sale, possession, use and distribution of fireworks for the display shall be lawful for that purpose only. No permit is transferable or assignable. A permit shall not be issued, and may be revoked, during time periods of high fire danger warnings. The city manager or authorized designee has authority to impose conditions on any supervised public display permit granted.
- Penalty. A violation of this section 10-2-8(B) shall be a class 3 misdemeanor.
C.Sale of fireworks.
- No person shall sell or permit or authorize the sale of permissible consumer fireworks to a person who is under sixteen (16) years of age.
- No person shall sell or permit or authorize the sale of permissible consumer fireworks in conflict with state law.
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