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Updated Jun 24, 2014 - 7:23 am

Arizona's new fireworks law clears up confusion

Sparklers are allowed under new Arizona fireworks law.

PHOENIX -- Changes in Arizona's fireworks laws will go into effect Tuesday, making the regulations more uniform and less confusing.

The state law over the past few years was daunting -- some cities allowed fireworks, others did not. The same went for the sales and purchase of fireworks.

Under the new law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, private citizens are allowed to buy and use certain types of fireworks through July 6.

"Items that don't go into the air and don't explode, like ground spinners and fountains, are permissible," said Brian Scholl, an inspector for the Phoenix Fire Department.

Scholl said even though fireworks are legal, fire officials would prefer if people didn't buy them.

"Our conditions are so dry, don't use them. Go to the fireworks show and let the pros handle it," he said.

Certain types of fireworks are still banned year-round under the new law: firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles.

Firefighters are anxious about the upcoming Fourth of July, which sends them to more fires than any other day.

The Valley has only received about an inch of rain since mid-December. In March a 12-year-old playing with a ground-based firework caused $400,000 worth of damage to a north Phoenix home.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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