On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Scottsdale City Council voted five-to-two to adopt a new ordinance that prohibits the use of consumer fireworks within city of Scottsdale limits. The approved ordinance also sets penalties and liability related to the use of fireworks, and requires businesses selling consumer fireworks to display signage advising the use of such items is not allowed within city limits.
“The McDowell Sonoran Preserve and wildland urban interface areas account for approximately two-thirds of Scottsdale’s land area, so this restriction is an appropriate measure to help protect the community” said Fire Marshal Jim Ford.
The potential for a major wildland fire incident is present in Scottsdale throughout most of the year. The threat increases dramatically during the summer months, and often peaks around the 4th of July holiday, when the highest sales and use of consumer fireworks is expected.
Beyond the risk of fire danger, is the potential for burns and traumatic firework injuries. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports in the year 2008 alone, approximately 7,000 people were treated for injuries in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. The risk of fireworks injuries (burns, lacerations, contusions) for teens age 15-19 and children 5-9, was two times higher than the risk experienced by the general public.
This action by the city of Scottsdale follows the passing of House Bill 2246, which allows for the sale and use of most types of consumer fireworks and devices starting Dec. 1, 2010. Local jurisdictions are pre-empted from placing restrictions on the sale or possession of consumer fireworks. However, the legislation does authorize cities and towns the ability to establish local control and to prohibit or restrict the use of consumer fireworks within their jurisdictional boundaries.
View the fireworks ordinance Council Action Report and related documents at http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Asset37397.aspx