City to host fireworks display at fairgrounds, continue crackdown on illegal use of fireworks
The city of Kingman will shoot off its fireworks display this Fourth of July holiday at the county fairgrounds instead of at Centennial Park.
Because of construction of the Mohave Wash near the Kingman library, the city will celebrate the nation's birthday at the fairgrounds.
Except for city-sponsored firework displays on July Fourth, fireworks are illegal in Arizona, Kingman fire Chief Chuck Osterman said.
The wet spring and recent hot weather is also a concern to local fire departments.
Dry brush throughout the city can be a tinderbox.
"We'll be just as tough as we always been," Osterman said.
"Anyone shooting off illegal fireworks can be cited."
Illegal fireworks will be confiscated and the owners may be cited.
Parents of children setting off fireworks, which then start a fire and damage property, can be liable for the cost of fighting that fire.
Civil or criminal charges may be issued, Osterman said.
Those who obtain illegal fireworks, whether legally from another state such as Nevada or New Mexico, can take the fireworks to the fire department for disposal.
KFD will even pickup illegal fireworks for disposal, Osterman said.
Osterman said his department responds to about a half dozen calls a year of fires started by illegal fireworks.
The two biggest holidays where illegal fireworks are a problem is New Years and July Fourth.
The city has budgeted about $16,000 for this year's event, Osterman said.
The fireworks display should begin around dark, which is usually just past 9 p.m.
Last year, Kingman had 6.72 inches of precipitation compared to a normal amount of 9.97.
This year as of Sunday, 3.14 inches of precipitation has fallen on Kingman compared to a normal amount of 4.45 inches.