A sparkler is a type of hand-held firework that burns slowly while emitting colored flames, sparks, and other effects. The most common situation for injury occurs when lit sparklers are given to unsupervised children, many of whom may not understand the risks. The sparklers burn at a high temperature (as hot as 1800 to 3000° F, or 1000 to 1600° C). Depending on the fuel and oxidizer used, sparklers are more than sufficient to cause severe skin burns or ignite clothing.  As with all fireworks, sparklers are also capable of accidentally initiating wildfires, this is especially true in drier areas.  Mesa Fire and Medical Department reminds you that all fireworks are illegal in the State of Arizona, except those used in a permitted public display by qualified pyrotechnic experts and those used in accordance with the Mesa Fire Code.  A person caught with prohibited storage, use, and/or handling of fireworks can be charged with a Class 3 Misdemeanor, A.R.S. Section 36-1602.  We encourage you to leave the fireworks to the professionals.  Enjoy one of Mesa's professional displays!   


Public Service Announcement (PSA) on the Dangers of Sparklers

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