Information on Arizona Fireworks
NOTICE: NFPA 1124 APPLICABILITY
An issue was recently brought to the attention of the Office of the State Fire Marshal regarding A.R.S. §36-1609 and the applicability and enforceability of NFPA 1124, 2013 edition (as published in August 2012) in light of its recent withdrawal by NFPA. Based on guidance from the Attorney General’s Office and information from Representative David Gowan, Majority Leader, Arizona House of Representatives and sponsor of fireworks legislation, the Office of the State Fire Marshal understands A.R.S. § 36-1609 as intending the Manufacture, Transportation, Storage, and Retail Sales of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles to be currently applicable and enforceable in the State of Arizona as they exist in NFPA 1124, 2013 edition as published in August of 2012. NFPA 1124, as referenced above, does not include any changes, amendments or Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA’s) made by NFPA to the code. NFPA 1124, 2013 Edition is enforceable only as it was published In August of 2012.
Under Arizona Revised statutes Title 36, Chapter 16, Article 1; Arizona will allow the sale and use of authorized fireworks effective December 1, 2010. For more information on the use of fireworks in Arizona, please review A.R.S. A.R.S. §§36-1601 through 36-1610. You can also visit www.az-fireworks.com for news and updates concerning the sales of fireworks in Arizona.
In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. "Consumer firework" means small firework devices that contain restricted amounts of pyrotechnic composition designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion and that comply with the construction, chemical composition and labeling regulations prescribed in 49 Code of Federal Regulations part 172 and 173, regulations of the United States consumer product safety commission as prescribed in 16 Code of Federal Regulations parts 1500 and 1507 and the American pyrotechnics association standard 87-1, standard for construction and approval for transportation of fireworks, novelties and theatrical pyrotechnics, December 1, 2001 version.
2. "Display firework" means large firework devices that are explosive materials intended for use in fireworks displays and designed to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, deflagration or detonation as prescribed by 49 Code of Federal Regulations part 172, regulations of the United States consumer product safety commission as prescribed in 16 Code of Federal Regulations parts 1500 and 1507 and the American pyrotechnics association standard 87-1, standard for construction and approval for transportation of fireworks, novelties and theatrical pyrotechnics, December 1, 2001 version.
(a) Means any combustible or explosive composition, substance or combination of substances, or any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, that is a consumer firework or display firework.
(b) Does not include:
(i) Toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices in which paper caps containing not more than twenty-five hundredths grains of explosive compound are used if constructed so that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion.
(ii) Toy pistol paper caps that contain less than twenty-hundredths grains of explosive mixture, or fixed ammunition or primers therefor.
(iii) Federally deregulated novelty items that are known as snappers, snap caps, party poppers, glow worms, snakes, toy smoke devices and sparklers.
4. "Governing body" means the board of supervisors of a county as to the area within the county but without the corporate limits of an incorporated city or town and means the governing body of an incorporated city or town as to the area within its corporate limits.
5. "Permissible consumer fireworks":
(a) Means the following types of consumer fireworks as defined by the American pyrotechnics association standard 87-1, standard for construction and approval for transportation of fireworks, novelties and theatrical pyrotechnics, December 1, 2001 version:
(i) Ground and handheld sparkling devices.
(ii) Cylindrical fountains.
(iii) Cone fountains.
(iv) Illuminating torches.
(vi) Ground spinners.
(vii) Flitter sparklers.
(viii) Toy smoke devices.
(ix) Wire sparklers or dipped sticks.
(x) Multiple tube fireworks devices and pyrotechnic articles.
(b) Does not include anything that is designed or intended to rise into the air and explode or to detonate in the air or to fly above the ground, including, for example, firework items commonly known as bottle rockets, sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, torpedoes, roman candles and jumping jacks.
6. "Person" includes an individual, partnership, firm or corporation.
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