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State bracing for legal fireworks sales

Beginning Dec. 1, it’s legal in Arizona to buy and use “consumer” fireworks.

Residents will need to check the regulations of their city or county before they light the fuse.

The Arizona Republic reports state law forbids local government agencies from restricting the sale of consumer fireworks but it does allow Arizona cities and towns to ban fireworks use within their limits.

Consumers over the age of 16 can buy any kind of fireworks that doesn’t shoot into the air. That means sparklers, pinwheels, and small firecrackers will be legal.

Fire chiefs from around the state acknowledge the new law will likely lead to more emergency calls.

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Cave Creek, Goodyear, Chandler, Prescott, Payson, Sedona, Show Low, Peoria and Surprise passed full-usage fireworks bans.

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