Know the fireworks laws before you celebrate - Tucson News Now

Know the fireworks laws before you celebrate

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Fourth of July is tomorrow, and some residents are hosting parties and using fireworks.

Fireworks stands have been popping up all over Pima County. The key is to know what is legal and what is not, before buying or lighting those party poppers.

Arizona does allow the sale of certain types of fireworks. 'Ground fireworks' like sparklers, smoke devices and novelties are legal; while aerial fireworks like sky rockets and jumping jacks are not.

There are also restrictions on where people can use those fireworks. In Oro Valley and Marana people can buy fireworks and use them within town limits; while in Tucson people can buy fireworks, but are not able to fire them off within city limits. Novelty items like sparklers can be used within the city limits. They are not considered fireworks. 

One thing to also keep in mind when hosting a 4th of July party with fireworks, are you covered if something happens. 

AAA Arizona encourages party hosts to check their home owner's insurance or an umbrella policy, to see if it covers them if there's an injury or damage due to fireworks. In some cases there may not be coverage and it could cost a homeowner.

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