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New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to celebrate the start of a new year, but not at the expense of safety.

The Bullhead City Fire Department would like to remind citizens even fireworks sold as “safe and sane” (like sparklers and other novelties), reach temperatures of over 1,200 degrees. In 2017, there were an estimated 1,200 emergency room visits related to sparklers according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The use of illegal fireworks is also the cause of multiple structure, vehicle and brush fires annually. Those responsible for the use of fireworks can be held liable for the damage caused, as well as fire suppression costs and parents can be held accountable for damaged caused by their children. 

Per Arizona Revised Statute, the use of permissible consumer fireworks is only allowed from June 24 through July 6 (and, from December 24 through January 3). Aerial fireworks (including bottle rockets and sky rockets) or fireworks that explode, are not legal and may result in criminal penalties.  Permissible consumer fireworks include ground spinners, sparkling wheel devices, and cylindrical or square cone fountains. Permitted novelty items include smoke devices, sparklers, party poppers, and snap caps. 

The use of any firework at the Colorado River Nature Center is prohibited at all times.  Remember, all fireworks have the potential to cause injuries and start wildfires. Consumers are urged to use extreme caution with fireworks, especially considering the dry conditions in our area.

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