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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 1:50 pm

State Fire Marshal Provides Important Safety Tips to Prevent Injury & Fire

As the New Year approaches, the State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone that even though certain types of consumer fireworks are legally sold in Arizona, you may not be able to legally set them off in your City/Town/County, and should always be handled with care and caution.

While fireworks are allowed to be sold statewide, HB2246 passed in 2010, allowed room for restriction. For example, cities and towns have authority to limit the use of approved consumer fireworks within their incorporated boundaries. Additionally during times of high fire danger, Counties have control of the use of approved consumer fireworks on unincorporated areas within their boundaries.

So, what does that mean to you? First you need to check with your local fire department and find out if you are allowed to use approved consumer fireworks in your area. Also, note that the list below shows examples of approved and unapproved fireworks that can be sold in Arizona. However, please remember that this does not necessarily mean you are not restricted by the laws of your City/Town/County from using approved consumer fireworks. So again, please make sure you check.


Examples of Approved Consumer Fireworks Ground and Handheld Sparkling Devices like:

Cylindrical Fountains

Cone Fountains

Illuminating Torch


Ground Spinner

Filter Sparkler

Toy Smoke Device

Wire Sparkler/Dipped Stick Sparkler

Party Poppers

Snap Caps


Glow Worms

Multi-tube Fountains


Examples of Unapproved Consumer Fireworks:

Bottle rockets


Missile-type rockets



Roman Candles


Aerial Shells


The Arizona Department of Fire, Building and Life Safety encourages Arizonan’s to take these necessary precautions so everyone may enjoy a safe and happy New Year celebration. Visit for more information.

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