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New Fireworks Laws in USA

There has been a massive overhaul of the laws regulating the sale and firing of fireworks in the state of Phoenix, Arizona recently. The Governor, Jan Brewer has created quite a stir as the laws have been changed to avoid the larger counties having a blanket ban on fireworks.

The basics of the new regulations are:

Small counties can limit fireworks sales and use during times of high fire danger.
Fireworks can be sold and only fired within a week-long window around the 4th July and New Year’s Eve.
The cities of Maricopa and Pima counties have been barred from disallowing fireworks.
Fines and penalties for setting off fireworks on preserved lands have been increased.
Tightened limits on the types of fireworks which can be used – No aerial fireworks allowed – that means that there can be no shells or rockets.
Last year, thanks to the tightening of the laws of firework sales/use, there were no reports of injuries from fireworks in 2013.

The regulations for the sale of fireworks in the USA vary from state to state. In fact, in some areas you are not allowed to buy fireworks but you are able to fire them but in the next state along, it may work in reverse where you can buy pyro, you just aren’t allowed to set them off.

However odd we may believe them to be, if you consider that July 4th is in the middle of summertime and more importantly, the temperatures in Arizona daily reach a staggering 94 degrees (we start wilting and moaning at around 80 degrees here in the UK) there are bound to be legitimate worries about the fire risk which under the circumstances is perfectly understandable.

We sincerely hope that these new statutes bring the continued advances in maintaining the safety of the general public and that they can still continue to enjoy fireworks for Independence and New Years celebrations for many years to come.

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4th July Firework Celebrations

4th of July Celebration Poster - Epic Fireworks

With the 4th July just around the corner, it is of course of some concern to everyone in the States that there has been more and more legislation introduced which is impacting on the numbers of organised displays taking place to take the place of the formerly private celebrations which many used to have.

In the UK we don’t appear to suffer as much from the ‘Big Brother’ syndrome as the USA as we continue to hold the right to be able to fire our own celebration fireworks and most UK towns and cities have access to all year round suppliers, like Jimmy’s to depend upon. The rationale behind this according to Health and Safety is that businesses in our position have the right tools to be able to sell effectively and safely up and down the country without the necessity to have someone stood over us for every sale. The reason – simple – we, along with numerous other UK-based firework companies have the passion for fireworks but along with this we hold onto responsibility for the safety of our products both entering the UK from overseas and on distribution.

For most of you, when celebrations come along, you simply go along to your local/preferred supplier armed with details of the budget, size of the venue and the date and time of the event and we liaise with the customer to ensure that the goods are firstly suitable, that a responsible adult is in overall charge of the event and the place is suitable for the type of pyro in use. This is because the Health and Safety Executive in the UK appears to be able to create the right circumstances to ensure their confidence in the products on sale in the UK as opposed to the USA where no two regions have the same overall views on what it is that constitutes a good product from a great supplier and therefore have the right to use them removed. A little odd when you consider that the whole of the US has the right to bear arms but cannot be trusted to safely set off a beautiful piece of pyro or indeed to safely dispose of it afterwards.

If you are an ex-pat of the USA or indeed have friends or family coming over for the 4th, why not make this a trip to remember and hold your very own, safe and controlled fireworks display and celebrate the magnificence of 1.3g fireworks first hand. Our products are rigorously tested, safely transported and come with full safety instructions, safety lighters and set up plans to ensure that you continue to have what was originally fought for, the right to choose to celebrate the freedom of independence,

Happy 4th July 🙂

Jimmy’s fireworks is open 7-days a week and has a massive range of top quality products to make sure that any party will be memorable for all the right reasons. Call in or telephone and have a chat about your event, venue and budget and we will guarantee to save you money and ensure your products arrive with specialist ADR trained couriers to your doorstep.

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