A New Year’s Message from Scottsdale’s Public Safety Division
With New Year’s Eve quickly approaching members of the Scottsdale Police and Fire Departments have this safety message.
Ringing in the New Year with fun and festivities is always encouraged but revelers are reminded to enjoy themselves within the law. Please refrain from using firearms or consumer fireworks to ring in 2012. When a gunshot is fired up into the air the expelled round must come down somewhere. Shannon’s Law, enacted in 2000, makes it a felony to discharge a firearm randomly in the air. Consumer fireworks pose a different kind of danger.
State laws do not allow local communities to restrict the sale of consumer fireworks. The city of Scottsdale, however, prohibits the use of any type of consumer firework within the city limits.
Last year’s move to restrict fireworks use in the city was taken by the Scottsdale City Council because of the threat to our urban recreation areas and the sensitive McDowell Sonoran Preserve area.
The use of all fireworks, including permissible consumer fireworks as defined under state law, is prohibited in Scottsdale except as authorized by Scottsdale Fire Department permit. The Fire Department reminds everyone to "leave the fireworks to the professionals." Click here to view the city’s rules on fireworks use.
Contact: Officer David Pubins
(480) 312-1911 or PIO@ScottsdaleAz.Gov