The sights and sounds of 4th of July celebrations bring to mind fireworks and loud bangs and booms.
There are things to remember in Glendale, though.
Arizona state law allows only ground-mounted or hand-held that don’t fly up in the air; i.e., spinners, wheels, fountain smoke devices, etc. Glendale police shared in a weekend reminder. These types of fireworks are allowed only through Wednesday, July 6, and later in the year from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. No fireworks are allowed in Glendale between 12:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Fireworks that make a loud “bang” or fly in the air are always illegal. These include firecrackers, cherry bombs, M-80s, bottle rockets, roman candles, and aerial shells.
State law fines for violating fireworks laws begin at $1,000. City law fines for violating fireworks laws begin at $1,500.
Glendale does not allow the use of any fireworks between 12:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Illegal use of fireworks may be reported to the Glendale Police Department non-emergency line at 623-930-3000.
Also, the Glendale Police Department uses the ShotSpotter solution to help identify, locate and deter gun violence, while also helping the agency gather gunfire intelligence and data to proactively fight crime and violence.
Celebratory gunfire is a common problem in many cities, particularly over the 4th of July weekend. It often, Glendale police shares, has tragic results when innocent people are hit by stray bullets and are injured or killed. The reality is that any bullet discharged from a gun, even into the sky, must land somewhere, and when it does, the risk of injury or death is significant.
The Glendale Police Department is committed to zero tolerance toward illegal gun use combined with combating gun violence in the community by creating an environment of enhanced safety and security.
ShotSpotter provides real-time gunshot location data, enabling informed decisions for faster and more accurate emergency response, while improving situational intelligence and increasing first responder safety.
During the holiday Glendale officers will respond to all ShotSpotter activations throughout the city, and particularly in hotspot areas, and will arrest anyone caught discharging a firearm in public.
Officers will be deployed throughout the city to maintain the peace, prevent crime and violence, and arrest drunk drivers.