Fireworks ignite brush fire in ScottsdalePosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A New Jersey man who thought it was legal to set off fireworks in Scottsdale started a small brush fire at Pinnacle Peak Park Monday morning.
Scottsdale police said Joseph Viganola, 21, was hiking with a group of friends when he lit fireworks that discharged "flaming balls."
One of the flaming projectiles ignited a fire near the trail and he poured water on it to try and put it out. Other hikers who heard the fireworks go off alerted park stewards and stopped to help put out the fire.
Police and fire units responded to the incident.
Viganola told police officers that he purchased the fireworks at a tent near Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard so he thought it was legal to set them off in the city.
Arizona allows the sale of fireworks, but Scottsdale prohibits their use within city limits.
Viganola was not arrested, however, charges are being filed for the city code violation.
The Scottsdale Police Department stressed that it is important that residents and visitors know the local rules related to fireworks use.