Fireworks are a hallmark of New Year’s Eve celebrations, but their use can be dangerous and even fatal.
The Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 – Queen Creek remind residents not all fireworks are legal in Arizona. Legal consumer fireworks include ground and sparkling devices.
Consumer fireworks that continue to be illegal for use in Arizona include firecrackers and any devices that go into the air, such as skyrockets/bottle rockets, reloadable shell devices, aerials and single-tube devices that are shot up into the air.
Fireworks will be sold in stores throughout the town of Queen Creek, but the town has an ordinance that restricts the use of fireworks within town limits through Jan. 3. Consumer fireworks are only allowed on private property. Any individuals who uses, discharges or ignites permissible consumer fireworks are responsible and liable for expenses as a result of any emergency response that is required.
Fireworks can cause serious burns and injuries. The National Fire Protection Association reports approximately 18,500 fires are caused by fireworks each year. Nearly 13,000 people were treated at the hospital for firework-related injuries in 2017. To reduce risks associated with consumer fireworks, Queen Creek Fire and Medical recommends the following safety tips:
Fireworks can also pose a risk to pets. The following safety tips are recommended for pets:
If you suspect illegal fireworks are being used in your neighborhood, contact the MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek non-emergency number immediately at 602-876-1011.
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