The Town of Queen Creek Encourages the Safe and Legal Use of Fireworks
With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, it is important to know what types of fireworks are legal within the Town, how to safely use them, and when they can be used.
Certain consumer fireworks are legal in the State of Arizona, including ground and hand-held sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, toy smoke devices, wire sparklers and dipped sticks. While they are legal in Arizona, and will be sold in stores, the Town has an ordinance that restricts the use of fireworks within the Town limits to June 24 through July 6.
Fireworks that continue to be illegal for consumer use in Arizona include firecrackers and any devices that go into the air (sky rockets/bottle rockets, reloadable shell devices, aerials, and single-tube devices that are shot up into the air).
Consumer fireworks are only permitted on private property, and any individuals who use, discharge, or ignite permissible consumer fireworks are responsible and liable for expenses as a result of any emergency response that is required.
In addition to certain fireworks being illegal, all fireworks can cause serious burns and injuries.
To reduce risks associated with consumer fireworks, Queen Creek Fire and Medical (QCFMD) recommends the following safety tips:
- Adults should always supervise firework activities. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees and can cause serious injuries.
- Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks fully complete their functioning, place the spent device in a bucket of water overnight to prevent a trash fire.
Fireworks can also pose a risk to pets. The following safety tips are recommended for pets:
- Do not take your pet to firework displays.
- Provide a safe area away from loud noises.
- Do not place glow sticks or jewelry on your pet.
- Never use fireworks around your pet and be aware of your neighbors’ pets.
- Have your pet properly identified with a microchip and/or ID tag.
If you suspect illegal fireworks are being used in your neighborhood, please contact the MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek non-emergency number immediately at 602-876-1011.
MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek is located at 20727 E. Civic Parkway. For additional information about MCSO, QCFMD or the Town, visit QueenCreek.org. To stay updated on news and events follow the Town on Facebook.com/QueenCreek and Twitter.com/TownofQC.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer