Fireworks:

Fireworks cannot be set off except between June 24 through July 6 and December 24 through January 3.

Fireworks that can be used within the restrictions are:

  • Ground and handheld sparkling devices
  • Cylindrical fountains
  • Cone fountains
  • Illuminating torches
  • Wheels
  • Ground spinners
  • Flitter sparklers
  • Toy smoke devices
  • Wire sparklers or dipped sticks
  • Multiple tube ground and handheld sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains and illuminating torches

These types of fireworks can never be used: Any firework intended to rise into the air and explode or to detonate in the air or to fly above the ground, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, torpedoes, roman candles, mine devices, shell devices and aerial shell kits or reloadable tubes.

Sale of fireworks – Fireworks cannot be sold to a person under 16 years old.


The Law:

Section 11-1-4

A. Definitions.  The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Section, have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

  1. “Consumer firework” means those fireworks defined as such by Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 36-1601, as amended.
  2. “Display firework” means those fireworks defined as such by Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 36-1601, as amended.
  3. “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.
  4. “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, including a Consumer Firework, Display Firework or Permissible Consumer Firework as defined by Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 36-1601, as amended.
  5. “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 Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 36-1601, as amended.
  6. “Permissible consumer fireworks” means those fireworks defined as such by Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 36-1601, as amended.
  7. “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.
  8. “Supervised public display” means a monitored performance of Display Fireworks open to the public and authorized by permit by the Fire Chief or his designee.

B. Use of Fireworks prohibited; exceptions.

  1. The use, discharge or ignition of Fireworks within the corporate limits of the Town is prohibited, except that Permissible Consumer Fireworks may be used during the periods of June 24 through July 6 and December 24 through January 3 of each year.
  2. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prohibit the use, discharge or ignition of Novelty Items or the occurrence of a Supervised Public Display of Fireworks.
  3. Permits may be granted by the Fire Chief or authorized designee for conducting a properly Supervised Public Display of Fireworks.  Every such Supervised Public Display of Fireworks shall be of such character and so located, discharged or fired, only after proper inspection and in a manner that does not endanger persons, animals or property.  A permit shall not be issued, and may be revoked, during time periods of High Fire Danger warnings.  The Fire Chief or authorized designee has authority to impose conditions on any permits granted.
  4. Failure to comply with any permit requirements issued by the Fire Chief or authorized designee is a civil offense punishable by a base fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each violation.

C. Sale of Fireworks.

  1. The sale of fireworks within the corporate limits of the Town is prohibited, except that Permissible Consumer Fireworks may be sold during the periods of May 20 through July 6 and December 10 through January 3 of each year.
  2. No person shall sell or permit, authorize the sale of Permissible Consumer Fireworks in conflict with State law.  Nothing in this Subsection C or in this Section shall be construed to prohibit the sale of novelty items.
  3. No person shall sell, permit or authorize the sale of Permissible Consumer Fireworks to a person who is under sixteen (16) years of age.
  4. Permits for the sale of Permissible Consumer Fireworks are required and may be granted by the Fire Chief or his authorized designee.  Violations of this Section or Arizona Revised Statues, Chapter 13, Article 1, shall be grounds for immediate revocation of such permit.
  5. The storage of fireworks within the corporate limits of the Town shall be in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association Standards 1124, 2006 Edition, as amended.

 

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