YUMA, Ariz. – This Fourth of July, crowds will watch public fireworks displays planned throughout the Desert Southwest. Other people may set off their own, but Arizona law bans most forms of fireworks.
“Any firework that leaves the ground or explodes is still illegal,” Yuma Fire’s Mike Erfert said.
That means no firecrackers or Roman candles. More fires break out on July fourth than any other day of the year, according to Mike Erfurt with Yuma Fire.
“We’ve had people, because of where they used them, start brush fires. We’ve even had fireworks used inside houses that have started house fires,” he said.
Accidents such as those could land you with hefty fines and legal trouble.
“You are legally and civilly responsible for the damage, and in addition, you are legally responsible for the emergency response dealing with that fire that the firework started,” Erfert explained.
Items such as poppers, toy smoke devices and sparklers are allowed. Even those options can be dangerous. Thousands of Americans end their Independence Day in the hospital with burns from fireworks.
“Think about even the sparkler, a very innocent type of firework, but that burns at 1000 to 1200 degrees, leaving a child with a red hot piece of metal, like a branding iron,” he said.
Fireworks that explode or leave the ground are also illegal in Imperial County.