Posted: Jul 4, 2013 1:07 PM by Brian White
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 11:01 AM
TUCSON - Stands selling fireworks pop up all over Tucson and Arizona each July, but have you ever wondered which fireworks are actually usable under our current laws?
Over the past few years, these laws have undergone big changes. If you're thinking about kicking off the Fourth of July with a bang, read on for more information about how state and local regulations might affect you.
Even though Arizona law allows the sale of permissible fireworks, individual cities are able to prohibit their use, and counties can decide to place limits on use in unincorporated areas during periods when wildfire risk is elevated.
Tucson is one city that has chosen to make setting off fireworks illegal. The city's law, passed on November 23, 2010, states that the use of fireworks within the city is prohibited.
If you are a Tucsonan who wants to celebrate with a little spark, don't despair! The Tucson law does not forbid the use of novelty items, which include:
Arizona's law on fireworks changed effective December 1, 2010, as a result of House Bill 2246. This bill was passed by the Arizona Legislature, and amended the state's previous fireworks statute.
The amended statute now allows for "permissible" fireworks to be sold within Arizona. Permissible fireworks are designed to be handheld or designed to remain on the ground. They are:
• Ground and handheld sparkling devices
• Cylindrical fountains
• Cone fountains
• Illuminating torches
• Ground spinners
• Flitter sparklers
• Toy smoke devices
• Wire sparklers or dipped sticks
• Multiple tube fireworks devices and pyrotechnic articles
Sparklers, snakes and smoke bombs are considered novelty devices, and their use is not restricted.
Some examples of items that are still not permitted under the new law:
• Bottle rockets
• Sky rockets
• Missile-type rockets
• Roman candles
• Jumping jacks
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