By Chief Simon Davis

It’s the time of year that we send out a friendly reminder on what you can and can’t do when it comes to fireworks out here in Corona.

Before I get into some of the safety issues, let’s touch on the legalities of fireworks in Arizona.

What is legal to use?

Permissible fireworks include ground spinners, spark­ling wheel devices, and cylindrical, square, cone, and California rocket-shaped fountains.  Novelties, such as smoke devices, sparklers, party poppers, and snap caps, are permitted year-round.

What is illegal?

Skyrockets, bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles, and aerials are not permitted under the law because of their ability to detonate in the air and spread sparks.

You are allowed to legally purchase fireworks from May 20th to July 6th, and December 10th to January 3rd. Furthermore fireworks bought in Mexico and New Mexico are illegal here. Civil penalties range from $150 to $1,000, depending on the violation if you do not follow the above provisions.

Let’s look at the safety issues.

In all reality, the legal fireworks you can buy here in Arizona are fairly tame all except that they give off fire. Fire and the desert don’t mix.  I would suggest that you evaluate the risks involved before purchasing fireworks. Is it worth potentially starting what could be a very destructive brush fire that could endanger not only your property but your neighbors as well?

If that doesn’t dissuade you, then at least follow some common sense rules. Only light off fireworks in a vegetation free area, have water readily available, and keep the unused fireworks in a container that won’t let sparks in. Keep children in sight at all times and put your pets away so they don’t run off.

As always, any questions please do not hesitate to get hold of me, and stay safe out there this summer

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