Fire chief: Don't break the law, stay safe on 4th

Fireworks against the law

There's more than one reason the city of Kingman hosts a fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

Yes, it is a commemoration of Independence Day.

And yes, it probably falls into the "quality of life" category, although it's not necessarily the government's job to give the show.

Thirdly, but not any more or less important, the fireworks give city residents a place to hang out and celebrate the holiday - and to do it legally.

"The mayor and Council were gracious enough to budget that, because obviously fireworks are not legal in Arizona," Kingman Fire Chief Chuck Osterman said Thursday.

That's right. Fireworks in the state of Arizona, in personal possession, are illegal. They are also dangerous.

"We do have issues almost every year, whether it's a brush fire or people getting injured from them," Osterman said.

"I strongly recommend that you not break the law and come and enjoy the display that's going to be put on at the fairgrounds."

It will be slightly smaller this year than it was last, but that is because the show was rained out in 2006. To make up for that, the vender put on a display in 2007 that was twice the usual size.

It will be back to normal tonight, but Osterman says the show will last 20 to 25 minutes. It will begin after 9 p.m.

Because of a source's error, the times of activities at the fairgrounds cited in Thursday's article, "Fireworks the grand finale," were incorrect.

The games and contests will begin at 3 p.m.

Parking is $2, but the fireworks display is free. The fairgrounds is located at 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd.