Policital Bites: HB 2256 Fireworks Legal

The governor has signed House Bill 2246 legalizing sparklers, ground spinners, cone fountains and toy smoke devices. Good idea or not?

House Bill 2246 restores sanity to a time honored tradition used to celebrate events such as the 4th of July.  Using legislation instead of allowing people some personal responsibility is frivolous.  Punish people for the misuse/abuse instead of punishing responsible people prematurely.  If we banned everything that was dangerous we wouldn’t have automobiles on the road.


  1. I didn’t realize they weren’t legal here. The only reason I could think to not legalize small fireworks in AZ is because of the high fire hazard.

    As far as the personal safety issues go, a huge pet peeve of mine is laws that are made to protect me from my own stupidity (Case-in-point: Seat belt laws. I’d wear one if there wasn’t a law, but who am I potentially hurting if I didn’t, except for myself?). As accident prone as I am, I had fireworks all the time during the summer as a kid & I’m still around with no scars (not from the fireworks anyway).

  2. I don’t know why some public policy PhD candidate hasn’t published a study about fireworks, comparing states that allow them (like New Mexico) with states that don’t allow them (Arizona before 2010), and with states that allow them within limits (say, Texas). How many deaths? …injuries? …fires? What are comparable property insurance rates? In God we trust; everybody else bring data!

  3. Sparklers, ground spinners, fountains, and smoke? Are you kidding me? What self respecting kid ever wanted any of those? Besides, I can’t think of too many things more dangerous than a four year old with a sparkler.

    If it doesn’t leave ground and it doesn’t have a report, it’s not fireworks. If it’s not something that will get the neighbor to ring my doorbell telling me his dog freaked out, it’s not fireworks.

    This law falls far short of restoring sanity to anything!

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