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Pandemic boosts fireworks sales in Arizona

The pandemic has impacted countless events over the last year and New Years Eve is no exception. Revelers throughout Arizona will be adjusting their celebration plans raising concerns about blowing out 2020 with a bang.

Just because the typical big New Year's Eve bashes are canceled doesn't mean there won't be fireworks. Shane Paisley, of Desert Sky Fireworks, says there may actually be more of them with sales booming.

"A lot people are aiming for their own personal shows with their family", said Paisley, "And so that has lead to a uptick in our sales."

Paisley said his business saw the same demand around the Fourth of July after the pandemic halted plans then. But more fireworks means more concern for fire departments which is why restrictions are in place in areas at high risk for fires. Fireworks are not allowed near sensitive desert areas in parks and preserves across the state.

Fire experts say it is a good idea to have a hose nearby anytime you are lighting any kind of fireworks, especially with sparklers. They also recommend dropping them in a bucket of water after you're done with them.

So even though your new year might look different this year you can still safely add a little sparkle to your celebration -

Fireworks are only allowed in Arizona until January 3rd. Any firework that explodes in the air is illegal but you can use deregulated fireworks like sparklers, snakes and poppers. They are all okay to light up in Pima County.

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