Kingman bans sale, use of fireworks

KINGMAN - Citing a law Gov. Jan Brewer signed that allows cities to prohibit the sale of fireworks labeled "permissible" under certain conditions, the city of Kingman has banned the use and sale of all fireworks within city limits.

Assistant Fire Chief Keith Eaton said the prohibition was put in place because of the Bureau of Land Management's Colorado River District's imposition of "Stage 1" fire restrictions on April 25, three days after Brewer signed SB1158.

The bill in part allows cities like Kingman to prohibit the sale of all fireworks if a state or federal agency declares such restrictions. "Permissible" fireworks are those that could legally be sold in the absence of fire restrictions as ground and handheld sparklers, cylindrical and cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels and ground spinners.