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Professional fireworks displays and pyrotechnic permit

Fireworks displays and pyrotechnic special effects must be under the direct supervision of a licensed pyrotechnic operator who is employed by a licensed fireworks/pyrotechnic company along with a certificate of insurance which must be approved by the City’s Risk Manager. Permits and approval from the Fire Prevention Office and the City's Special Events Task Force are also required. Permit application. Fireworks and pyrotechnic special effects must comply with Chapter 56 of the 2012 International Fire Code and NFPA standards. Fireworks for use by the general public are illegal in the State of Arizona. 

To contact the Special Events Task Force call (480) 350-5180. For more information contact the Tempe Fire Prevention Office at (480) 858-7230.

What fireworks are you permitted to use in Tempe?

A state law that took effect in 2014 allows for the sale of Consumer fireworks at retail and temporary locations in Tempe, from May 20 through July 6 and December 10 through January 3 each year.

 Retail Sales: Application for retail sales of fireworks. State approved "fireworks" sign.

The state law permits the use of consumer fireworks from June 24 through July 6 and December 24 through January 3 each year. Novelty and Consumer Fireworks include handheld sparklers, smoke devices, party poppers, snappers and snakes, ground-based sparklers in cylindrical, square, cone or rocket shapes. View types of consumer fireworks for sale in Tempe and what is and isn't permitted for use in Tempe.

Aerial fireworks like roman candles, firecrackers, sky rockets and bottle rockets remain illegal in Arizona.

Arizona Revised Statute 36-1601, a state law makes it legal for people 16 years and older to buy some types of consumer fireworks in Arizona.

A Person violating the provisions of the Arizona revised Statute relating to fireworks or to the Tempe City ordinance, is subject to a civil penalty of $1,000. The ordinance also allows Tempe to recoup expenses if emergency services are needed in conjunction with the illegal use of consumer fireworks.

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