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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill regulating fireworks into law.

But it could mean cities like Phoenix have less say when it comes to fireworks in their neighborhoods.

The bill is really being seen as a compromise law, it both limits the use of fireworks statewide, but also prevents big counties, those with 500,000 people or more from making their own bans on fireworks.

It's an explosive topic; should consumers be using fireworks in Arizona?

"I believe they should be banned just because in Arizona the heat for me I just don't think its very logical to do," said Kassi Garcia.

"I don't think they should be banned because I don't think they are a nuisance depends on the community if they should allow fireworks in there neighborhoods," said Anthony Martinez.

A new law makes it so cities in Maricopa County can no longer ban fireworks.

Although small cities and rural areas can limit fireworks.

Specifically, the law:
*Bans firework use statewide, except during the period around New Years Eve and July 4th.
*Allows small counties to ban fireworks sales and use due to high fire danger.
*Bars cities in large counties from banning fireworks.
*Creates more penalties for illegal use of fireworks.

"With this particular version of the law you are no longer going to be able to use fireworks that come off the ground they have to stay on the ground anything that goes in the air isn't permissible," said Shelly Jamison with the phoenix fire department.

The Phoenix Fire Department says even though big cities won't be able to have their own specific bans on fireworks the law actually creates more statewide rules.

"It tightens it up and regulates it more specifically and makes it safer for the consumer," said Jamison.

Phoenix Fire says in the last few years they haven't had any injuries or major accidents from fireworks. This new bill is effective immediately.
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