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Fireworks: colorful, fun - and illegal

Fire department issues warning

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br><br>
Fireworks can be beautiful and dangerous. Most fireworks are illegal in the state of Arizona unless you are a professional pyrotechnic expert.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br><br> Fireworks can be beautiful and dangerous. Most fireworks are illegal in the state of Arizona unless you are a professional pyrotechnic expert.

KINGMAN - It's that time of year again for bottle rockets, sparklers and fireworks of all shapes and colors - and most of them are still illegal in the state of Arizona.

The Kingman Fire Department wants to warn residents that while fireworks may be fun, they can also cause a lot of damage. In past years, fireworks have caused burns and other injuries to residents, started grass fires and even caused structure fires.

This year they can be especially dangerous since ground and surrounding vegetation is so dry.

"Fireworks are more than just an annoyance. Many people don't know or don't realize that fireworks are illegal in Arizona," Battalion Chief Bill Johnston said. "A lot of people bring them into the state from Nevada or buy them on the Indian reservations."

According to Arizona Revised Statutes, all fireworks are illegal except certain sparklers, toy pistol caps and novelty fireworks known as snappers, snap caps, party poppers or glow worms.

It is also illegal to sell, use or possess fireworks, unless you're a pyrotechnic expert setting up an aerial display for a celebration.

Johnston warns that KFD and the Kingman Police Department will be on the lookout for illegal fireworks this coming holiday weekend. Residents found with illegal fireworks will be cited and parents are responsible if their children are caught with fireworks.

Residents looking to get rid of fireworks they may have bought out of state without knowing they were illegal can bring them to the nearest fire station, where they will be disposed of properly.