Fireworks legal to buy, may not be legal to light

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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azfamily.com

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 29 at 6:28 PM

PHOENIX -- New Year's Eve is just around the corner, meaning fireworks are available again.

"The message is one of prevention," said Phoenix Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Ketterer, who is warning people that the Valley is still dry in the wintertime.

“Even in the cooler months, there's a lot of dry vegetation," he said. "There's dry material, wood piles, trash piles. ... That spark finds that pile and it's going to go up like a roman candle, to use the fireworks analogy."

While fireworks are being sold in parking lots and grocery stores around the Valley, it's only legal to light them in certain cities.

“Think of it this way -- if it flies, pops, shoots flames, or spins, in the city of Phoenix, it's going to be illegal,” Ketterer said.

His advice?

Leave it to the professionals.

“We understand that some people are going to utilize fireworks, and if you're going to do that, make sure they're legal within the community that you live."

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