Using Fireworks Safely and Legally in Chandler

June 27, 2019
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Communications and Public Affairs

As we approach the Fourth of July, now is the time to learn exactly where, when and how to buy and use fireworks in the City of Chandler. Although typical firework regulations have some seasonal exceptions, be mindful not everything is fair game on the Fourth.

What to Buy

Firstly, it is important to know exactly what is legal to use around this time of year. Permissible fireworks do not go into the air or explode. Fireworks that produce these effects should not be used in Chandler or within the state of Arizona. 

The state of Arizona allows some types of fireworks (known as “permissible consumer fireworks”) to be purchased by people ages 16 and older. However, cities can go beyond state regulations and further restrict their use. 

The most common unregulated types of permissible consumer fireworks include popular novelty items, such as small sparklers, smoke devices, snakes, party poppers, and other similar products. To find out more about what is and is not permitted to use in the state of Arizona, review the chart below:


Sparklers and Novelties Legal for Sale and Use in Arizona Chart

Where to Use 

Shelf display of sparklers and novelty fireworks for sale.

While buying and selling permissible consumer fireworks in the City of Chandler is legal, setting them off inside the City limits may not be. Permissible seasonal fireworks may be used June 24 through July 6 and are restricted to private property, with the permission of the property owner. 

Even if your fireworks are labeled as permissible in the chart above, keep in mind it is illegal to set off fireworks of any kind on public property, including city streets, sidewalks or parks.

The Chandler Police Department states that persons found in violation of the permissible consumer firework restrictions or of setting off any products other than the permissible consumer fireworks will be subject to a criminal citation or complaint.

9 Tips for Using Holiday Fireworks

According to the National Safety Council, at least eight people died and about 12,900 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents in 2017. 

To help avoid a legal penalty or serious safety hazard, try using these tips when planning your annual Fourth of July celebrations. 

  1. Be mindful of your neighbors who have served and may experience PTSD at the sound of loud noises. Notify your surrounding neighbors of your plans before setting off fireworks.

  2. Put pets up before setting off fireworks. Loud noises may startle animals, causing them to run out of an unsecured yard.  

  3. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks. 

  4. Keep all fireworks, including novelties such as sparklers and poppers, away from children at all times. Even novelty sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees while burning. 

  5. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass/plants. 

  6. Have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby when using fireworks, and be sure somebody present knows how to operate it. 

  7. Ensure all flammable substances are far away from the areas you plan on using fireworks. 

  8. If a firework does not go off as planned, do not approach it to investigate. Put it out with water and dispose of it properly once cooled. 

  9. Never place part of your body directly over fireworks during or after lighting. 

Contact the Chandler Fire Department

Question or concerns about firework-related safety or usage this season? Contact the Chandler Fire Department at 480-782-2120 or