Pima County bans fireworks, revokes permits

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- This is the first 4th of July since Arizona passed a law legalizing limited use and sale of fireworks. 

But many cities and towns quickly passed legislation banning fireworks, including Tucson. Now that also includes unincorporated areas of Pima County.

The fire danger is so high that the county now says you could end up in jail if you're caught.

And with a 5-0 vote at the Pima County Board of Supervisors, fireworks in Pima County became banned.

"I think everyone in the state understands how serious the problem of fire is and fireworks," said Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

Sheriff Dupnik spoke on behalf of his department asking for the ban because of the wildfires burning all over the state.

"I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to to figure that it's not right to have fireworks at this time of year when things are so dry," said Dupnik.

All permits regardless of who or where they are for have been denied or revoked. That means no annual fireworks show for some of the county's nicest resorts. It does not apply, however, to planed shows within Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley.

"I support this ban and hopefully it's not gonna be a annual thing," said District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll.

Anyone caught using fireworks is subject to jail time under a class 3 misdemeanor and Sheriff Dupnik says this year, his department will out looking for them.

"I'm worried that when this ordinance is passed, some people will comply some will not comply," said Dupnik.  "We intend to take people into custody and put them in jail."

Sheriff Dupnik also took a shot at the state legislature for allowing the use of fireworks in bill passed last year. He called the action very irresponsible.