State Law regulates the use and sales of fireworks in Arizona
The Phoenix Fire Code prevents the sales and use of consumer fireworks in the City of Phoenix. However, during specific dates, Arizona State Law supersedes this requirement and allows the sale and use. Arizona Revised Statutes section 36-1606 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, and sparklers.
This law may be updated at times so please refer to https://www.azleg.gov/ars/36/01606.htm for current requirements and dates. Below are only for references based on State Law at time of this page's publish date.
The sale of permissible consumer fireworks is allowed:
April 25th through May 6
May 20th through July 6th
December 10th through January 3rd
Two days before the first day of Diwali through the third day of Diwali each year.
The use of permissible consumer fireworks is allowed:
May 4th through May 6th
June 24th through July 6th
December 24th through January 3rd
The second and third days of Diwali of each year.
Prohibit use all days the use of permissible consumer fireworks between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., except:
(i) Between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on December 31 of each year through 1:00 a.m. on January 1 of each year.
(ii) Between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on July 4 of each year through 1:00 a.m. on July 5 of each year.
Permissible fireworks include: cylindrical and cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, toy smoke devices, wire sparklers or dip sticks. Click Here for a chart that will help you to determine if a product is legal or illegal to use in the City of Phoenix.
Permissible fireworks for sale under state law may not be sold to person(s) under the age of 16. The penalty for selling, buying or using fireworks outside the permissible dates is a fine of $1,000. Use of fireworks on preservation land owned by the City of Phoenix is prohibited and is a Class 1 Misdemeanor with a $1,000 fine
In accordance with NFPA 1124, 2012 ed., sale of permissible consumer fireworks 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 tent permits and zoning approval may be required by the Planning & Development Department Zoning Division.
The dangers of fireworks.
Recommendations for the Safe Use of Permissible Fireworks:
1. Observe all laws concerning use of fireworks.
2. Young children should not be allowed to play with fireworks under any circumstances.
3. Older children should only be permitted to handle fireworks under close adult supervision.
4. Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass, and flammable materials.
5. Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and to douse fireworks that do not properly ignite.
6. 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.
7. Do not attempt to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
8. Be sure people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
9. 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.
10. Don't experiment with homemade fireworks.
11. Sparklers should only be handled by kids older than 12.
12. Make sure that people with lit sparklers stay at least 10 feet apart.
13. Put all used sparklers in the water bucket.