Fireworks use begins under new Arizona law

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Arizonans can start using permissible fireworks starting Tuesday through July 6 under a new law written and passed with the intention of eliminating confusion over what fireworks are permissible in the state.

Senate Bill 1158, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on April 22, prohibits counties with populations of more than 500,000 and cities within those counties from instituting fireworks bans.

Although fire officials said they prefer residents don't use any fireworks due to the extreme fire danger statewide, those who do wish to use them need to do so carefully and understand the new laws.

The law allows the sale of permissible consumer fireworks from May 20 until July 6, and from Dec. 10 to Jan. 3.

It also bans firework use statewide except between June 24 and July 6, and Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

It allows small, rural counties to ban fireworks sales and use due to high fire danger, but bars cities in large counties from banning fireworks. The law also creates more penalties for the illegal use of fireworks.

A chart illustrating the different types of fireworks look like a traffic light - green represents items that can be used anytime such as sparklers and snap caps. In yellow are permitted seasonal items, such as spinners and fountains that should be used with caution. Items in red, like bottle rockets or firecrackers, are prohibited.

"Anything that goes in the air or explodes is not legal," Brian Scholl, fire inspector with the Phoenix Fire Department, said in May.

Use of prohibited fireworks is a Class 1 misdemeanor with fines up to $1,000.

Some Valley fire departments said they are actually seeing fewer fireworks-related incidents due to the new regulations.

"We have to say that people have done a great job in being able to recognize some of these hazards and we've actually seen a decrease in incidents," said Capt. Forrest Smith with Mesa Fire Department.

Officials want the public to know that further regulations could go into effect if federal or state agencies implement stage 1 fire restrictions.

To learn more about fireworks restrictions from the Phoenix Fire Department, click here.

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