PHOENIX - An Arizona law allowing the sale and use of some sparklers and fireworks goes into effect today.
Up until now, it has been illegal to buy, sell or use sparklers and other so-called "consumer-grade" fireworks in Arizona.
But this law doesn't allow blanket purchases. Fireworks that shoot up in the air or explode are not legal.
Additionally, this new law allows each city in Arizona to ban the use of fireworks even though they can be sold everywhere if the buyer is at least age 16. Many cities are expected to ban the fireworks in the coming weeks.
The law caps years of lobbying by the fireworks industry.
Governor Jan Brewer expressed concern about wildfires when she vetoed a 2009 version and Valley firefighters say they were hoping she'd do the same this year.
"Fireworks are dangerous, especially to children," said Fire Investigator David Zehring from the Gilbert Fire Department. "It's going to cost the state a lot of money to fight these fires started by fireworks."
The law will allow the state to collect a penalty for misuse of fireworks and to use the money for fire suppression. The bill will also allow counties to restrict use in unincorporated areas during times of risk of wildfire.
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