Although use of some consumer fireworks is permitted by state law in Scottsdale this holiday, their use in and near many sensitive desert areas remains illegal and violators are subject to substantial fines.
Use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks is also prohibited on all publicly owned properties, which include but are not limited to, city buildings, city parking lots, city parks, public schools and city streets.
Violation of these restrictions is a civil offense punishable by citations and fines.
COVID-19 has significantly limited the number of professional firework shows in the Valley this year, prompting a significant increase in fireworks sales. This is of particular concern, as fireworks pose significant fire risks and the potential for devastating injuries.
“Just because they are legal, it doesn’t mean they are safe,” Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon said. “We are especially concerned this year with the amount of dry brush that is just waiting for a spark to ignite another wildfire.”
For additional information about firework restrictions and a variety of safety tips, visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “fireworks.”