Fireworks OK to buy in Kingman, not set off

KINGMAN - The Kingman Fire Department said it's been inundated with calls this week from residents looking for clarification on Arizona's new fireworks law.

Non-aerial fireworks have been for sale at a number of locations around the area in anticipation of New Year's celebrations. But while it might be legal to buy and sell fireworks, it's still illegal to set them off within city limits.

The Arizona Legislature earlier this year approved the sale and use of non-aerial fireworks, such as sparklers and fountains, for those 16 and older. Previously, only novelty items such as snakes and snappers were permitted.

Aerial fireworks such as bottle rockets, roman candles and rockets with reports are still illegal in Arizona unless part of a permitted public display.

As a result of the new law, many municipalities in the state, including Kingman, passed their own ordinances to regulate the use of the now permissible fireworks. Incorporated cities were allowed to regulate the use of fireworks but not their sale.

The Kingman ordinance, which took effect at the same time as the state law on Dec. 1, makes it a misdemeanor offense to shoot off fireworks in the city limits. Assistant Fire Marshal Keith Eaton said the Kingman Fire Department also plans to bill residents up to $2,500 for responding to calls that are the result of discharging fireworks within the city limits.