Morning Poll: Should Arizona Rethink the Legalization of Fireworks After Last Night?

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Judging from the war-like sounds of our neighborhood, more people than ever were using fireworks this Fourth of July because of last year's law that legalized them.

We're pretty sure a lot of the bangs we heard weren't from the now-legal snakes, sparklers and ground-spinners. Plenty of typical firecrackers were being used, perhaps by people who mistakenly believe they're now legal.

The other problem, as you can imagine, is the potential for fireworks to cause wildland fires, especially by morons who set them off in the dry-as-a-cow-skull desert.

The law signed last year by Governor Jan Brewer has created plenty of confusion, which police hoped would lead law-respecting folks to use even less than expected. We're not sure that's what happened, though Tempe police tell us that despite a few calls for noise, the amateur use of fireworks didn't cause any big problems.

Phoenix police haven't gotten back to us yes.

What do you think? Should the lid go back on the now-legal fireworks? Or should the law be expanded to legalize fireworks that most people actually enjoy?

Here's your morning poll:



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9 comments
bobsaccount
bobsaccount

M-80's (and cherry bombs) haven't been legal anywhere in the US since the '60's.  Modern day firecrackers are fun, but comparitively impotent.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Brewer okay'd that confusing law in order to generate tax revenue on fireworks sales.  It should be that what ever you can legally buy, you can legally use.  My daughter and a friend of hers bought some firecrackers and I think they're called cherry bombs and stopped at the fire station and asked about where they could use them safely.  They said to be sure you're not using them in a place that could cause damage, fires or explosions - not to light them near a vehicle, not out in the open desert where there was dry brush, etc.  So they were in the street in front of my house (as was common throughout the neighborhood) and the police came by and said they were illegal... in Phoenix.  But not in Mesa or Peoria...  what the ???

guest
guest

either way, Jan Brewer is a political whore, not to mention an uneducated idiot

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I voted no on all types of fireworks for personal use. Keep the commercial fireworks shows and take the burning fuses out of the hands of our children. The professionals do a whole lot better job or lighting up the sky and 'celebrating' whatever the occasion might be. I also think having fireworks shows after Friday night D'backs games is ridiculous. But, it's all about money.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

They pass a law to allow the sale of fireworks but it's against the law to use them.    They pass a law to allow the use of medical marijuana but it's against the law to buy it.   It's a Bizzaro Superman world.    It doesn't matter what we think because the legislature doesn't think.

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

Does this mean if we don't live within range of a fireworks stand we can now make our own?

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