You can buy them everywhere, but you can’t shoot them just anywhere. Here’s a quick look at the Firework Use Laws…
Illegal At All Times
Phoenix Maricopa County
Scottsdale Pinal County
Allowed At Certain Times On Private Property
Mesa: June 28-July 4; Dec. 30-Jan 1
Gilbert; July 3-5; Dec. 31-Jan 1
Queen Creek: July 3-5; Dec. 21-Jan1
If you’re going to light fireworks, here are some tips…
#1.) Spray Down the Launch Site with a Hose Beforehand. If you’re only setting off fireworks that stay on the ground, spray down a spot that’s at least 30 feet in diameter.
#2.) Keep the Hose Nearby, Just in Case. If a hose won’t reach, then at least have a fire extinguisher handy. Or even a bucket of water is better than nothing.
#3.) Be Aware of How Windy It Is. If the wind picks up, let it die down before you set anything else off. Even one little spark can start a fire if it lands in the wrong place.
#4.) Designate One Adult to Watch for Any Sparks That Hit the Ground. If a fire DOES start, at least one of you needs to be paying attention so you can douse it as quickly as possible. And if you’re all looking UP, you might not notice right away.
#5.) Don’t Get Overconfident. Even if you’re only using SMALL fireworks, you can still start a fire or hurt yourself by mistake.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were at least 6,300 fireworks-related injuries in 2010, and about 20% of them were caused by sparklers. Another 6% were caused by bottle rockets.