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Fireworks banned in Pima County, say supes

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Fireworks banned in Pima County, say supes

A Mountain show still on

Fourth of July will have a bit less bang and sizzle in Pima County this year.

Citing the high fire danger, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an emergency ban on the use of fireworks.

All consumer fireworks, including those recently made legal by the state, and professional fireworks shows were banned.

Supervisors denied six pending applications for fireworks shows, and rescinded permits that were previously approved.

Until the weather improves, it will be illegal to use fireworks, including sparklers, being sold at stores throughout the county.

All violators will be arrested and booked into jail, said Dawn Barkman, a spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

The county move does not affect the city-sponsored fireworks on A Mountain, or two other scheduled shows inside the city. Tucson already has banned the use of individual fireworks and sparklers.

Fireworks in Arizona

These fireworks are legal to be sold in the state. Local jurisdictions, including the city of Tucson and Pima County, have banned the use of many fireworks that may be for sale:

  • Ground and hand-held sparkling devices
  • Cylindrical fountains
  • Cone fountains
  • Wire sparklers
  • Illuminating torches
  • Wheels
  • Ground spinners
  • Flitter sparklers
  • Toy smoke devices

Fireworks that are illegal to sell include anything that is designed or intended to rise into the air and explode or to detonate in the air or to fly above the ground, including, for example, firework items commonly known as bottle rockets, sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, torpedoes, roman candles and jumping jacks.

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