In April of 2014, SB 1158 was signed into law by the governor, thus limiting cities or towns within counties of over 500,000 persons from regulating consumer fireworks beyond ARS 36-1606. In accordance with State Law, Tempe must allow the sale of permissible consumer fireworks May 20 through July 6 and December 10 through January 3. Tempe must also allow the use of permissible consumer fireworks June 24 through July 6 and December 24 through January 3.
A person violating the provisions of the Arizona revised Statute relating to fireworks or to the Tempe City ordinance is subject to a civil penalty of $1,000. The ordinance also allows Tempe to recoup expenses if emergency services are needed in conjunction with the illegal use of consumer fireworks.
Public Use of Consumer Fireworks
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- Consumer fireworks include ground sparkling devices, sparkling wheel devices and ground-based sparklers and can only be sold and used at specified time periods during the year.
- Novelties known as snappers (pop-its), party poppers, glow worms, snakes, toy smoke devices, and sparklers can be purchased or used at all times.
- Aerial fireworks like roman candles, firecrackers, sky rockets and bottle rockets remain illegal in Arizona.
The state law permits the use of consumer fireworks for these time periods each year:
- June 24 through July 6
- December 24 through January 3
Sale of Consumer Fireworks
Arizona State law allows for the sale of consumer fireworks at retail and temporary locations during these time periods each year:
- May 20 through July 6
- December 10 through January 3
Arizona Revised Statute 36-1601, a state law makes it legal for people 16 years and older to buy some types of consumer fireworks in Arizona.
Take safety precautions
For revelers who are buying fireworks for a home celebration, there are two important things to have on hand: a fire extinguisher or water hose and a bucket of water.
- The fire extinguisher or water hose will help control any minor fires resulting from sparks and embers.
- The bucket of water prevents the fireworks and resulting debris from reigniting or becoming fuel for fire.
Disposal of used fireworks
To make sure fireworks don’t reignite, letting them cool off then soaking in water is recommended.
- Allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes before submerging in water for at least two minutes.
- Once drained of debris, the dirtied water can be poured into the toilet but take care not to dump into storm drains or kitchen sinks.
- Place the debris in a plastic bag and dispose outside in a covered trash can.
Disposal of unused fireworks
Damaged, unused, or unexploded “dud” consumer fireworks should be brought to Tempe’s Household Products Collection Center, 1320 E. University Drive, for proper disposal.