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

Even during those times, there are restriction about setting off fireworks.  Individuals cannot set off fireworks on any public property including city buildings, parks and parking lots.

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.

 Sec. 26-70.1. Purpose.

The City Council hereby recognizes that the desert environment of Arizona has unique fire risks and adopts this division to enhance the public safety and welfare of its citizens and the community by prohibiting the use of fireworks within the city. 

(Ord. No. 2801, § 1, 4-24-12) 

Sec. 26-70.2. Definitions.

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

  1. City Permit: A permit issued by the City Fire Chief or designee. 
  2. Display fireworks: Those fireworks defined by Arizona Revised Statutes § 36-1601. 
  3. Expenses of an emergency response: The reasonable costs directly incurred by public agencies including but not limited to the City Fire, Police and Public Works Departments or other first responders including but not limited to private ambulance companies that make an appropriate emergency response to an incident. 
  4. Fireworks: Display fireworks, consumer fireworks and permissible consumer fireworks as defined by Arizona Revised Statutes § 36-1601. 
  5. Novelty items: Federally deregulated novelty items that are known as snappers, snap caps, party poppers, glow worms, snakes, toy smoke devices and sparklers. 
  6. Permissible consumer fireworks: Those fireworks as defined by Arizona Revised Statutes § 36-1601 that may be sold within a municipality even where the use of those items has been prohibited. 
  7. Reasonable Costs: The costs of providing police, fire fighting, clean-up, rescue and emergency medical services at the scene of an incident and the salaries of the persons who respond to the incident. 
  8. Supervised show: A monitored performance of display fireworks open to the public authorized by city permit. 

(Ord. No. 2801, § 1, 4-24-12) 

Sec. 26-70.3. Fireworks prohibited; exceptions.

(a) The use of fireworks of any kind within the city is prohibited.

(b) Nothing in this section or division shall be construed to prohibit the use of novelty items or the carrying out of a supervised show or possession of display fireworks authorized by city permit. 

(Ord. No. 2801, § 1, 4-24-12) 

Sec. 26-70.4. Sale of fireworks.

(a) No person shall sell or permit or authorize the sale of permissible consumer fireworks to a person who is under sixteen years of age. 

(b) No person shall sell or permit or authorize the sale of permissible consumer fireworks in conflict with state law. 

(c) No person shall sell, possess, authorize or manufacture consumer or display fireworks unless authorized by state law or city permit. 

(Ord. No. 2801, § 1, 4-24-12)


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