Celebrate Safely…

Celebrate Safely…

 

Fireworks night sky

What types of fireworks are legal?

Permissible fireworks include ground spinners, spark­ling wheel devices and cylindrical, square, cone and California rocket-shaped fountains.

Novelties, such as smoke devices, sparklers, party poppers and snap caps, are permitted year-round.

What types of fireworks are illegal?

Skyrockets, bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles and aerials are not permitted under the new law because of their ability to detonate in the air.

When can I buy fireworks?

Residents may legally purchase fireworks: May 20 – July 6, Dec. 23 – Jan. 3.

When can I use the fireworks?

Residents may legally use fireworks: June 24 – July 6, Dec. 24 – Jan. 3.

Residents may use ground spinners, sparking-wheel devices and fountain shaped fireworks: June 24 – July 6.

Where can I use fireworks?

The new bill allows cities and towns to ban the use of fireworks on public property, but they cannot ban use on private property.

Most municipalities continue to ban fireworks on public property, but specific rules can vary by city. You are encouraged to contact your local police or fire department with questions about where you can legally use fireworks in your area.

What could happen if I violate the law?

Civil penalties range from $150 to $1,000, depending on the violation. Violating fireworks provisions is no longer a Class 3 misdemeanor.

However, SB1158 makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum $1,000 fine for using fireworks on preservation lands within a city that has purchased 15,000 acres or more for preservation purposes.

ALSO 

Shannon’s Law makes it illegal to fire a gun into the air in Arizona’s cities and towns.  In June 1999, 14-year-old Shannon Smith was talking on the telephone in the backyard of her central Phoenix home. A bullet that was fired into the air over a mile away struck her in the head, tragically ending her life. Don’t use a gun to Ring In The New Year.