As of Dec. 1, 2010, certain fireworks are now legal to purchase and be used within Arizona. The consumer fireworks that are legal in Arizona are: ground and hand-held sparkling devices; cylindrical fountains; illuminating torches; wheels; ground spinners; flitter sparklers; toy smoke devices; wire sparklers and dipped sticks. The consumer fireworks that continue to be illegal for use in Arizona are: sky rockets/bottle rockets; firecrackers; reloadable shell devices; aerials and single tube devices that are shot up into the air.
Permissible Consumer Fireworks may be sold by authorized stores or vendors within Town boundaries between May 20 - July 6 and December 10 - January 3. Use of Permissible Fireworks within the Town of Queen Creek is only allowed between June 24 - July 6 and December 24 - January 3. It is important to know that consumer fireworks are allowed only on private property and a person(s) who use, discharge or ignite permissible consumer fireworks are responsible and liable for expenses as a result of any emergency response that is required by such use, discharge or ignition per the Town Code.
For more information, please reference Arizona State Law related to consumer fireworks.
Size of the Fireworks Problem
On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
- In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires.
- These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage, with no reported fire deaths.
Characteristics of Fireworks Injuries
- In 2011, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks involved injuries.
- In 2011, 54% of fireworks injuries were burns, while 23% were contusions and lacerations.
- Sparklers, fountains, and novelties alone accounted for 34% of the fireworks-related injuries in 2011.
- In 2011, 65% of the fireworks-related injuries occurred in the 30-days surrounding July 4th
- Children under the age of 15 accounted for approximately 26% of the estimated 2011 injuries.
- There were an estimated 1,100 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers in 2011.
- The risk of fire death relative to time used shows fireworks as the riskiest consumer product.
- The risk that someone will die from fire when fireworks are being used is higher relative to exposure time than the risk of fire death when a cigarette is being smoked.
- The risks with fireworks are not limited to displays, public or private. Risks also exist wherever fireworks are manufactured, transported, stored or sold.
- “Safe and sane” fireworks are neither. Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks. Temperatures may exceed 1,200°F.
Please remember during your times of celebrations that fireworks are dangerous, attend a fireworks display that is put on by a professional.
Fireworks Safety Tips from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
- Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks 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, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.