Gilbert residents can legally use fireworks through July 6

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Town of Gilbert officials recommend following firework safety tips for Independence Day. (Courtesy Pexels)

Town of Gilbert officials recommend following firework safety tips for Independence Day. (Courtesy Pexels)

Gilbert residents are in the midst of one of three periods during the year in which they are allowed by state law to use non-aerial consumer fireworks in town.

This period started June 24 and lasts until July 6. The others are May 4-6 and Dec. 24-Jan. 3.

However, restrictions apply. The fireworks are prohibited on public property, including parks, rights-of-way and roads, and can only be done on private property with the owner’s permission.

Permissible fireworks to use include:

  • Ground and handheld sparkling devices

  • Cylindrical fountains

  • Cone fountains

  • Illuminating torches

  • Wheels

  • Ground spinners

  • Toy smoke devices

  • Wire sparklers or dipped sticks


Prohibited fireworks, which are anything designed or intended to rise into the air and explode or to detonate in the air or fly above the ground, include:


  • Firecrackers

  • Bottle rockets

  • Sky-rockets

  • Missile rockets

  • Aerial spinners, devices and shell kites

  • Torpedoes

  • Roman candles

  • Mine devices

  • Shell devices

  • Reloadable tubes


Individuals using fireworks outside allowed dates or using illegal fireworks are subject to a civil penalty of $1,000.

Resident should call the Gilbert Police Department’s non-emergency line at 480-503-6500 to report the use of illegal consumer fireworks or fireworks used outside of the allowable dates. The non-emergency number is recommended to ensure the 9-1-1 system is not overwhelmed.


Residents who wish to legally use fireworks are encouraged to be considerate of their neighbors when using fireworks by not lighting them late at night and being aware that loud noise could trouble combat veterans and neighborhood pets.

The town offers these safety tips:

  • Have adult supervision at all times

  • Avoid loose clothing

  • Only use fireworks outside and never near dry shrubs or grass

  • Do not shoot fireworks off in the middle of the street

  • Ensure there are several feet between the spectators and any fireworks

  • Keep a bucket of water close

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if an injury or fire occurs


To properly dispose of fireworks, residents should soak used fireworks in a bucket of water for at least 24 hours, then double-wrap the soaked fireworks in plastic bags. The soaked and wrapped fireworks should be placed in residents’ black trash containers. The trash container should be kept out of the garage and at least three feet away from any trash structures.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.



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