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.
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.