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Updated Jun 28, 2012 - 6:09 am

Officials: Aerial fireworks are still illegal in Arizona

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and one of the more popular activities is to buy and light fireworks.

In Arizona, buying fireworks at tents and grocery stores isn't a problem. Anything purchased at those stands is legal. However, all aerial fireworks are considered illegal.

The problem is that lighting those fireworks could be illegal in many Valley cities.

"The state allows the sale of fireworks, but it's the cities that prohibit the use," said Brian Scholl, a fire inspector with the Phoenix Fire Department. "Most cities say no because they can be very dangerous and start fires."

If police catch someone shooting fireworks when or where they aren't supposed to, they could be fined up to $2,500 or face six months in jail.

Valley cities with complete firework bans are Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Peoria, Avondale and Surprise.

Chandler and Tempe allow use of "novelty" fireworks, which includes smoke bombs and sparklers.

Mesa allows residents to light legal fireworks as long as it's on private property from June 28 to July 4.

Gilbert also allows the use of legal fireworks on private property from July 3 to July 5.

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Years with the company: I started here in December 2011. I'm definitely the new kid.

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado.

Education: I got my undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. I then went to graduate school at Arizona State University.

Family: I have been married to my wonderful wife, Jamie, since June 2010. We don't have any kids, but we do have a cat that causes as much trouble as a kid.

Favorite food: Chocolate chip cookies and cucumbers. In fact, every day I have a couple of cucumbers in my work bag chopped up and ready for snacking. I eat the cookies to offset being too healthy.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Sedona, hands down. I actually went there for my honeymoon.

Favorite news memory: I worked on a 3-month project involving the problems with Type II Diabetes along the U.S.-Mexico Border. It's a problem that a lot of people don't about. I met and worked with people down there that changed my life.

Favorite movie: It's hard to pin down just one, but one that always keeps replaying in my head is The Princess Bride.

Favorite TV Show: That 70's Show and The Simpsons. I could probably name some others, but I watch those two as often as possible.

First job: I was a busboy for an Old Chicago back home in Boulder. I worked all through high school at that place, and loved it.

Favorite band: I have a lot of music I listen to, but I love the Foo Fighters and Rise Against. 3 Doors Down is another group that's a favorite on my iPod.

Favorite sports team: The San Francisco 49ers by far! I get a lot of guff for cheering for them in Arizona, but I love every moment of it. As far as college sports go, I'm always following the BYU Cougars.

Outside interests: My wife and I love going outdoors, whether it's camping or hiking. Personally, I love mountain biking. I also play a little guitar when I have a bit of free time.


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