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Fireworks confusion in Arizona: Which ones are legal and illegal?

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

A lot of people like to welcome the new year with lots of noise and sparkle -- there are plenty of fireworks for sale to help them do that, but many kinds of fireworks are illegal in Arizona.

I bought fireworks Tuesday morning at a store in Phoenix, but if I set them off, am I breaking the law?  I took them to a Phoenix fire station for some answers and discovered -- that all depends.

I lit something called Eagle Fountain -- legal or illegal?

This would be illegal and you could be fined up to $2,500 and face as much as six months in jail.

These types of devices may look fairly harmless, but "The biggest thing is it actually shoots out hot piece of metal in the firework.. you can see where it's burned the concrete," said Captain Jonathan Jacobs of the Phoenix Fire Department.

"If that ends up landing on somebody's skin, dry vegetation around your house, underneath a carport, you have not only a real potential for not only injury, but also fire," he said.

It is for sale in stores and the fireworks tents the crop up this time of year.  Consumers are rightly confused over what's legal or what could lead to trouble.

"I get confused on where to go.  I know certain friend's houses they say can do it, so we kind of go over there, but others, we don't know," said Bryon Lew of Phoenix.

The challenge: each city has different laws on which fireworks are legal.  Jacobs says they are trying to simplify and educate.

If it explodes or flies, it's definitely illegal in Phoenix.

"We have just basically aerial things that fly off into the air and also explosives, little firecrackers, M-80s, things like that we don't want those used in the city of Phoenix," said Jacobs.

It is a class 3 misdemeanor if you get cited. You could be fined up to $2,500 and spend up to six months in jail, though that is a rare case.

If you have a question about what's illegal where you are, go to your city's web site, and look at their fireworks ordinance.      

The big message from all fire departments is be safe, and watch children around any of these devices.

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