If you’re like me, you see the fireworks stands around town and think ‘how are fireworks even legal in Arizona?’ We can argue if they’re a good idea or not, but that is a different conversation.
Oh hey, THEY ARE ILLEGAL in the city of Phoenix, but State laws do allow them during certain time periods.
Here are the rules for fireworks here 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.