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Avondale reminds retailers, residents about fireworks rules

City of Avondale Fire Department extends a reminder to residents and businesses regarding the rules and regulations for the sale and discharge of consumer fireworks within City limits.

Although state law allows the sale of consumer fireworks, cities and towns may restrict the use of fireworks within their jurisdictions. Avondale is among many local municipalities that have a fireworks ban. In addition to prohibiting the use of fireworks within city limits, Avondale’s ordinance further prohibits the sale of fireworks to children under the age of 16, and requires vendors of fireworks to provide signage at the point of sale clearly indicating that the use of fireworks within the city is prohibited. The complete ordinance and signs can be accessible from the City website; www.avondale.org/fireworks

Novelty items such as sparklers, snaps and snakes are not restricted for use in city limits.  A complete list of authorized items can be found posted at www.avondale.org/fireworks .

Local public safety officials suggest leaving the fireworks to the professionals.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures, or scars or even death or disfigurement that can last a lifetime. The thousands of serious injuries each year typically harm the eyes, head, or hands, and are mostly reported in states where fireworks are legal.  Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures of more than 1,000° F. 

For more information in regards to the Fireworks and permitted use in Avondale, contact the Avondale Fire Marshal, Roger Parker at 623.333.6000, email . Further information about fireworks safety can be found at the National Fire Protection website, http://www.nfpa.org


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