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Officials to show no tolerance for illegal fireworks

Because of the extreme fire danger this year, one of the driest on record, those who shoot illegal fireworks will be dealt with more harshly than usual, according to fire officials.

Except for city-sponsored fireworks displays on the Fourth of July, fireworks are illegal in Arizona.

"There is no lenience this year," Kingman fire Chief Chuck Osterman said.

"Anyone shooting off illegal fireworks can be cited.

There is no excuse."

Last year, Kingman had 8.78 inches of precipitation compared with 9.89 inches normally.

This year as of Tuesday, only 0.19 inch of precipitation had fallen on Kingman, compared with 4.55 inches normally.

Normally, the fire department would just confiscate illegal fireworks from revelers, but this year those who set off fireworks without a permit could be cited and fined, Osterman said.

Parents of children setting off fireworks that start a fire can be held liable for the cost of fighting that fire, he added.

Fireworks bought in another state can be taken to the fire department for disposal.

Firefighters will even pick up fireworks for disposal, Osterman said.

Osterman said his department responds to about a half dozen calls a year to fires started by fireworks.

The two holidays when fireworks mostly are a problem are New Year's Day and the Fourth of July.

The fireworks display at Centennial Park should be grander this year because it coincides with Kingman's 50th birthday.

The city will spend an extra $5,000 for this year's event, Osterman said.

The fireworks display should begin around 9 p.m.