Firefighters demonstrate dangers of fireworks as July Fourth nears – Arizona News

Firefighters demonstrate dangers of fireworks as July Fourth nears – Arizona News


A few things to know about fireworks for the upcoming holiday.

You’ve probably seen firework sales tents popping up around the Valley ahead of Independence Day.

Now, the Phoenix Fire Department wants you to see what can happen with those fireworks if you’re not careful.

Fire officials on Wednesday morning demonstrated the dangers of both permissible and illegal fireworks at the department’s training facility in Phoenix. One demonstration utilized a watermelon as an example of human flesh.

Move over, Gallagher

“This is your brain on illegal fireworks,” said Phoenix Fire Department Inspector Brian Scholl, after a watermelon burst into pieces when a skyrocket was lit nearby.

A skyrocket firework, which is illegal in Arizona, looks like an “oversized and explosively packed birthday cake candle,” Scholl said. 

“If it launches into the air or explodes, it’s illegal,” he said, adding that fire departments across the Valley have been checking with fireworks vendors to make sure they are not selling restricted items.

State law regulates the types of fireworks that can be sold and when in Arizona, in addition to when they can be used.

Fireworks sold between May 20 and July 6 can be used June 24 through July 6. Items sold between Dec. 10 and Jan. 3 can be used Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. 

Ground-based fireworks, such as sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, torches, spinners, filter sparklers, and wire sparklers, are permissible during eligible dates.

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