Fireworks Safety

shutterstock_441606508Happy Birthday, America! Our country turns a robust 242 years old tomorrow and a lot of people will celebrate the occasion with fireworks. Arizona law allows the sale of same types of fireworks, while others are a definite no-no.


Since a 2014 law changed the rules on fireworks usage, there has been some confusion about which fireworks are allowed in Arizona and which ones aren’t. Here’s a rundown for the four types of fireworks that are not allowed:

  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle Rockets and Sky Rockets
  • Roman Candles
  • Aerials

Four types of fireworks that are not allowed – firecrackers, bottle rockets and sky rockets, roman candles, and aerials.

Generally, smaller ground based fireworks are the ones that can be sold legally. Sparklers, Party Poppers, Snakes, and smoke cones are allowed in many areas, though you should check with your community to see what can be used. The City of Phoenix put out the infographic below to let folks know what is ok and what isn’t.


A recent online headline at read, “Phoenix Fire Department demonstrates firework safety in light of new law.” Below is an excerpt from that story.

Exploding tomatoes and watermelons may seem like an unconventional way to teach the public about fire safety, but that is exactly what the Phoenix Fire Department did Thursday morning.

At their annual fireworks safety demonstration at the Phoenix Fire Training Academy, fire officials warned residents of the potential dangers fireworks may present.

The article included a short video on fireworks safety. You can watch the video by clicking here or on the picture below.



According to Cronkite News, “About 280 people on average go to emergency rooms nationwide with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the July 4 holiday.”

Your best bet is to let the experts take care of the fireworks show, so you can simply sit back and enjoy it with your family! Unfortunately, drought conditions and the risk of fire have canceled 4th of July shows in at least four Arizona communities this year – Prescott, Flagstaff, Cave Creek, and Williams.

For many Arizonans….a long holiday weekend is about to begin. We here at the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) wish you a happy and safe 4th of July! Have fun and be smart. Making sure the people of our state stay safe and healthy is an important part of our long-term goal to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!


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