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Pima County sued over fireworks ban

A judge has upheld Pima County’s ban on consumer fireworks.

A fireworks retailer and two citizens asked a county Superior Court judge Thursday for a temporary restraining order blocking the ban.

But Judge Ted Borek rejected a lawyer’s argument that the county overstepped its authority.

Attorney John Munger had argued that the county’s ban was geographically too large, saying the county needed to make specific findings to differentiate between the vast variations in terrain throughout the area.

The Arizona Daily Star says Borek ruled it would be unworkable for the county to have to ferret out isolated areas that might be at less risk of fire.

However, the county did agree to clarify that the ban only prohibits the use of “permissible consumer fireworks” and not the sale of them.

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