KINGMAN - With revelers set to ring in the New Year Saturday night, residents are reminded that while it's legal to buy fireworks, it is illegal to set them off within city limits.
The Arizona Legislature in 2010 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 makes it a misdemeanor offense to shoot off fireworks in the city limits, and Kingman Fire Department has said it reserves the right to bill someone for the cost of response for a fire caused by fireworks.