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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 33 of the 2006 International Fire Code and NFPA standards. Fireworks for use by the general public are illegal in the State of Arizona. Please fax the permit to 480-858-7243, email it to or drop it off at Fire Admin. located at 1400 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, Mon- Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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


Retail Sales: Application for retail sales of fireworksTempe approved "fireworks" sign. Please fax the form to 480-858-7243, email it to or drop it off at Fire Admin. located at 1400 E. Apache Boulevard, Tempe, Mon- Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


What fireworks are you permitted to use in Tempe?

All fireworks except sparklers and confetti poppers are illegal in the Tempe. A state law that took effect in 2010 allows for the sale of consumer fireworks at retail and temporary locations. The Tempe City Council banned the use of consumer fireworks to prevent injuries and fires. Tempe Fireworks Ordinance

Novelty fireworks are still allowed to be used in Tempe; they include handheld sparklers, smoke devices, party poppers, snappers and snakes. Consumer fireworks are illegal to use within city limits. They include ground-based sparklers in cylindrical, square, cone or rocket shapes, as well as aerial fireworks like roman candles, firecrackers, sky rockets and bottle rockets. View types of sparklers and novelties for sale in Tempe and what is and isn't permitted for use in Tempe.

Tempe’s ban applies only to consumer fireworks. It was undertaken in response to Arizona Revised Statute 36-1601, a state law that makes it legal for people 16 years and older to buy some types of consumer fireworks in Arizona. The ban does not apply to Maricopa County islands within Tempe city limits. The penalty for violating the city’s ordinance is a minimum fine of $250. The ordinance also allows Tempe to recoup expenses if emergency services are needed in conjunction with the use of consumer fireworks.

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Last updated: 1/17/2014 8:11:21 AM