Happy Birthday America! 237 years ago we embarked on a brave new experiment as a country and as you spend time with your family and friends today reflect on the sacrifices the men and women of our military have made to protect our freedoms and liberties.
For those of use fortunate enough to be home to celebrate Independence Day, that means BBQ”s, time with the family, and of course fireworks! In addition to the free “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display that will take place at Central Christian Church at 8:00 pm, Gilbert is one of the few places in Arizona where consumer and novelty fireworks can be set off legally.
Remember, use of “Consumer Fireworks” is prohibited within the Town of Gilbert except on July 4 and July 5, and are ONLY allowed on private property. That means no parks, no parking lots, no public right of way, and certainly no private property where you do not have the owner’s permission.
It is important to note that the law does not allow any fireworks that rise into the air and explode or detonate, which are still prohibited for safety reasons. Fireworks allowed under the new ordinance include ground and hand-held sparkling devices or sparklers, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, wheels and illuminating torches. Users are responsible for ensuring safety during use of the fireworks and are still liable for any damage caused.
Please know the difference of each kind of firework and the laws associated with them. Most importantly, as we look at the damage fire is currently causing in Northern Arizona, and the loss of the 19 brave firefighters in Yarnell, please be safe and responsible.
- Display Fireworks – ILLEGAL
Those that shoot into the air and may detonate are NOT legal for private use. Please see them at public displays or use with special permits. Fireworks made from a high amount of black power are not allowed: Black Cats, Bottle Rockets, Firecrackers, M-80s, and Roman Candles.
- Consumer Fireworks – ALLOWED BY STATE LAW
Those labeled with “1.4 G Fireworks” or “Consumer Fireworks” and do not explode or go into the air, are allowed to be used on an individual’s private property only. They are legal for people age 16 and older to purchase.
- Novelty Fireworks – ALLOWED BY STATE LAW
Fireworks labeled as “Novelty Fireworks” are not regulated and may be sold and used for personal use: Ground-based Fountains, Party Poppers, Pinwheels, Small Sparklers, Smoke bombs, Snakes, Torches, Wheels, etc. Safety must be a top concern when using fireworks. Arizona’s landscape is dry so caution is encouraged to prevent fires. Also, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 8600 injuries were treated in US hospital emergency departments during 2010. There were three deaths.
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