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6/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Fireworks in Kingman: It's fine if you buy them - and fined if you use them

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Today's riddle: What can you legally buy in Mohave County but cannot use - under penalty of prosecution - any place with an elevation above 2,000 feet?

Answer: Fireworks. They can be bought, but good luck finding a legal place to use them.

Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010 signed legislation that allows companies to sell certain fireworks and for consumers to buy them, but using them is at the discretion of local government entities, particularly when the threat of wildfires is high.

While firecrackers that explode and aerial displays such as rockets and Roman candles and shells are illegal statewide under any circumstances, less volatile fireworks that require an open flame to ignite can be purchased. They include poppers, sparklers, spinners, fountains and smokers.

Using any fireworks has been illegal within Kingman City limits since Dec. 21, 2010. Mohave County has temporarily prohibited the use of fireworks due to severe fire danger.

The Kingman Fire Department and the Golden Valley and Northern Arizona Consolidated fire districts, along with the Mohave County Emergency Management department, have announced fireworks and open fire restrictions are in effect until further notice.

Residents who live within the Kingman city limits can continue to open burn by obtaining a burn permit from KPD.

Fireworks of any type are illegal year-round within Kingman.

For residents in North Kingman, Butler, Valle Vista, Hackberry, Golden Valley, Chloride, Dolan Springs, Meadview and all other unincorporated areas of Mohave County above the 2,000 feet level, all firework usage is prohibited.

Open burning also is banned in these area other than those fueled by propane or charcoal.

Identical fire and fireworks restrictions are in place on all land in Arizona that is managed by the federal or state government.

The agencies said use of fireworks would result in prosecution.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@AN
Read what I originally said again.

"I guess there were a few Dems in the Legislature who also got payed off as well. They were petty evenly split on their votes."

By your own numbers the overall vote by the Dems in both houses was evenly split, 15 Yeas and 15 Nays. +2 Nays in the Senate and +2 Yeas in the House.

So...'splain to me how it's ALL the Repubs and the Governors fault? Yes, I understand that no matter how the Dems voted it would have still passed. Never said otherwise. Seems like a few Dems must have been greased also if thats your thinking.

Also...can you explain why the vote totals you listed don't seem to match the numbers who actually voted? 21+7 doesn't match 15+1+3+5. Even adding the DNVs somehow doesn't work



Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Victor

“I found it at Project Vote Smart. 2 links... House and Senate.”

Thank you for the links.

“Not going to recount them...but I believe there was only a split of 2 or 3 total between the Yea and Nay on the Dem side.”

Let’s take a look at the bill in toto. It was sponsored and co-sponsored in both the house and senate by republicans only. The votes were 21/7 in the senate and 44/13 in the house. Repubs voted 15 in favor and 1 against in the senate and Dems voting 3 in favor with 2 DNY’s and 5 against. In the house Repubs voted 30 for, 2 against and 1 DNY and Dems voted 10 against, 12 for and 2 DNYs.

So overall the votes were not, as you stated, pretty evenly split. The fireworks industry bought the governor and the Repubs and we are stuck with the resulting mess.


Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Lets not forget...money all around. Sales taxes initially and money for fines if people are caught using them. I'll bet much is sold to people traveling though. Some is probably also sold to those folks who live in the middle of nowhere or on larger properties where no one would ever know.

As I said...just like certain other items that are legal to buy, but illegal to use incorrectly. There's a sticker on the diesel pumps at gas stations that says it can't be used in big trucks. In some areas fuel oil for boilers is much cheaper than diesel...though they are the same thing. Illegal to use fuel oil in a vehicle, but I know it happens.

Plenty of things are legal to buy but not to use except in certain circumstances.


Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

AN

I found it at Project Vote Smart. 2 links... House and Senate.

http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/30019#.UcxcCNgmYnV

http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/30018#.UcxcRNgmYnV

Not going to recount them...but I believe there was only a split of 2 or 3 total between the Yea and Nay on the Dem side. Also 3 or 4 Did Not Votes. Only one Repub DNV. Whats up with that?



Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Jackie

“Anson, you probably need to go over to cali and use them there, where they are legal.”

I don’t buy them, never have bought them and never will buy them. Whatever gave you the idea that I did?


Victor

“I guess there were a few Dems in the Legislature who also got payed off as well.”

I wouldn’t know, but we do know that Brewer when advised by virtually every fire official, police official, and mayor in the state that she not sign the bill gave them the BIG middle finger and signed off on it – after she had been heavily lobbied by the fireworks industry.

“They were petty evenly split on their votes.”

I cannot find proof of that, so if you would provide a link I would appreciate it.


Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"Jam Brewer who received funds from fireworks industry lobbyists."

I guess there were a few Dems in the Legislature who also got payed off as well. They were petty evenly split on their votes. Nah, that couldn't be right, a Dem would never do anything wrong.


Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A. Lope

NO FIRE WORKS WERE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE or outside the city limits last year.

Justanybody ..... dont buy them that way you take care of the almighty dollar

Anson, you probably need to go over to cali and use them there, where they are legal.


Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“who got paid off on that deal?”

Jam Brewer who received funds from fireworks industry lobbyists. Brewer was advised by fire officials, police officials and virtually every mayor in the state to not make the purchase of fireworks legal in a state that faces enormous wildfire dangers and expense each year. But the dollar won out.

However, cities and counties were allowed to ban their use and most of them did so – immediately.

”just more corrupt elected government!”

Yep, and the righties keep voting them in


Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ t frustrated...
Did you read the article? They haven't been legal in the city limits since Dec 2010. If you used them last year...well, you were in violation.

@justanobody sr
Is someone forcing you to buy them? It's not legal to fire a gun in city limits except in self defense (and probably not "technically" legal even then), but you can buy them for use elsewhere.



Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

again, the all mighty dollar reigns supreme!
you can buy em ( fireworks) but you cannot use them! so the dollar is more important than common sense!
who got paid off on that deal?
come on, big business has a hold on someone, or this would of never been allowed.
just more corrupt elected government!
its everywhere, from the top to the very bottom.


Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: t frustrated

I think even not in Kingman City Limits where not allowed to use fireworks is wrong. We where allowed last year but not this year. People that dont read the paper would know and then get fined is so totally wrong. I feel its wrong to sell them if we cant use them. Usually if you see stands then it is all right but not here in Mohave County which is totally wrong.



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