Cropped close-up photo of bengal fire sticks, sparkling, burning

Consumer fireworks are permitted to be bought and sold through Jan. 3, though not all fireworks are legal.

With New Year’s Eve—traditionally a time some set off fireworks—approaching, Glendale City Council shot up fines for illegal fireworks at its December meeting.

According to Arizona law, “consumer fireworks” are permissible for use between June 24 and July 6, and Dec. 24 and Jan. 3.

But bottle rockets and booming firecrackers are not legal. 

In Glendale, it is illegal to possess “display” fireworks, defined as “firework devices designed primarily to produce visible or audible effect by combustion, deflagration or detonation, except authorized by city permit.”

Fireworks may not be discharged between 12:30 and 7 a.m.

“Display fireworks go in the air and make a loud noise,” Deputy City Manager Rick St. John noted. 

But, according to St. John’s presentation, “This provision has not been enforced in the past.”

Previously, fireworks violators were fined $275.

In January, Councilman Bart Turner asked for information on calls for service related to fireworks and how those calls for service are handled. 

Council discussed the matter during a June workshop and in December made a mandatory first offense fine for fireworks offenders of $1,500. A second violation within 12 months would carry a $2,000 fine.

“Concerns have been raised” throughout the city, Turner said. “We’re doing what we can.”

The changes were made under the city’s noise ordinance.

Council voted unanimously to make the changes under an “emergency” order.

Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures or scars, disfigurement or even death. Serious injuries each year typical from fireworks are harm to the eyes, head or hands. 

Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees.