Yuma police warn about firework safety for Fourth of July


Yuma police warn about firework safety for Fourth of July


YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Yuma police want to warn you about safety and the law when purchasing fireworks.

Police say it a firework explodes or flies into the air, it is illegal.

Arizona state law says it is okay for people to possess fireworks but as long as they are novelty tire of fireworks.

Authorities say if you purchase fireworks from tribal land the same rules apply and if caught with any type of illegal firework there will be consequences.

"Anything you buy at Wal-Mart or stores like that is legal, and we encourage you to use them safely," says Public Information Officer Joe Franklin with the Yuma Police Department. "Anything you buy in Mexico or other states—that's bottle rocket types, Roman Candles—anything that goes more than six feet in the air is illegal. If you are caught using those you can be cited or possibly arrested."

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says any illegal fireworks purchased in Mexico are very dangerous.

They will be seized if anyone tries to bring them across the border, and you could face a fine.



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