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Fireworks: What's legal, and what's not?
Restriction tightest in Kingman city limits



With many local stores selling fireworks this holiday season, deciphering which fireworks are legal and where can be a bit puzzling.

That shouldn't deter people from buying fireworks, however, as vendors have been working with the city and the state to ensure that what they sell is legal to set off within the city and/or county.

One of those vendors is TNT. Ann and Mike Hill have operated the consignment stand for the last five years and have set up shop in the Walmart parking lot. The Hills hire locals to operate the stand during the holidays and have worked with the fire department to display maps and infographics showing what is legal and where.

"Even though the city is not having a fireworks show, we are still America and still celebrating Independence Day," said Ann Hill.

Fireworks are subject to both Arizona law and city ordinances, which have created a distinction between what can be set off in Kingman and what can be set off in the county.

In Arizona, aerial consumer fireworks are prohibited for personal use. This includes fireworks such as bottle rockets, aerials, firecrackers, reloadable shells, single tub devices and roman candles.

Non-aerial consumer fireworks are permitted within the state.

These include fireworks such as ground-based sparklers, sparkling wheel devices, fountains, and ground sparking devices that spin.

Arizona has also reclassified a group of fireworks as "de-regulated novelties." These include sparklers, smoke devices, snakes, party poppers and snappers. These are permissible anytime of the year and can be set off anywhere in Arizona, as they are not classified as fireworks.

All other fireworks allowed within the state can be set off in the county, but they must be set off by Monday.

"They can do the handheld stuff, but nothing that shoots up in the air," said John Holmes, fire prevention specialist at Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District.

Kingman city ordinance has banned the use of "spark-emitting fireworks" within the city limits, punishable as a class 1 misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $2,500 and/or six months in jail. This limits residents to lighting de-regulated novelties only.

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