Residents wondering why it sounds like the Fourth of July outside as Goodyear heads into the new year should be aware that some fireworks are legal for use year-round in Arizona while others are allowed during both holiday seasons.
Novelty fireworks such as snakes, sparklers, party poppers and snappers are sanctioned for use all year.
Ground spinners, sparkling wheels and fountain-style fireworks are permitted for use at the Fourth of July as well as New Year’s, Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.
Not permitted are fireworks that detonate in the air, including sky rockets, bottle rockets, reloadable shell devices, firecrackers, Roman candles, aerials and single-tube devices with reports.
Over the summer, the Goodyear Police Department shared an informational graphic on social media to inform the public what fireworks are permissible for use in Arizona, and asked residents to use only legal fireworks and use extreme caution.
“Please closely watch children and avoid wildfires by keeping fireworks away from dry brush!” the department’s Facebook post stated. “Also, please remember your neighbors who may suffer from PTSD and who may have nervous pets that are afraid of the loud noise.”