State Law regulates the use and sales of fireworks in Arizona
Arizona Revised Statutes section 36-1601 regulates when permissible fireworks can be bought, sold and used in Arizona. The law does not apply to novelty items: snappers, snap caps, glow worms, snakes, party poppers, toy smoke devices and sparklers.
- The sale of permissible consumer fireworks is allowed:
May 20 – July 6 and December 10 – January 3.
- The use of permissible consumer fireworks is allowed:
June 24 – July 6 and December 24 – January 3.
Permissible fireworks include: cylindrical and cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, ground sparkling devices. Click Here for a chart that will help you to determine if a product is legal or illegal to use in the boundaries of the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District.
Permissible fireworks for sale under state law may not be sold to person(s) under the age of 16. There can be a penalty for selling, buying or using fireworks outside the permissible dates. Use of fireworks on federally or state owned land is prohibited.
The sale of permissible consumer fireworks in temporary tents over 800 square feet or canopies over 1200 square feet requires a Fire Prevention permit. Per State law, signage is required at places of sale and display that advises purchases of permissible consumer fireworks is prohibited to persons under the age of 16. Additional permits and zoning approval may be required by the Planning and Zoning Department of the respective community.
Fire Department personnel will accept illegal fireworks that are voluntarily turned over at fire station locations. To report the use of illegal fireworks, contact the Show Low Police Department @ 928-537-4365.
If you have questions, please contact our offices at 928-537-5100, Monday – Friday 8am- 5pm. For after hours questions please call 928-537-5100 and choose the option to speak with the On-Duty Battalion Chief.
The dangers of fireworks.
Recommendations for the Safe Use of Permissible Fireworks:
- Observe all laws concerning use of fireworks.
- Young children should not be allowed to play with fireworks under any circumstances.
- Older children should only be permitted to handle fireworks under close adult supervision.
- Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass, and flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and to douse fireworks that do not properly ignite.
- Keep a hose with a shut-off nozzle nearby. The water should be on and the hose should be ready to instantly douse any wayward fires.
- Do not attempt to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Be sure people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting. Be sure to wear protective eyewear. An errant ember could cause permanent eye damage or, in extreme cases, blindness.
- Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Sparklers should only be handled by kids older than 12.
- Make sure that people with lit sparklers stay at least 10 feet apart.
- Put all used sparklers in the water bucket.