Phoenix Illegal Fireworks Enforcement

Phoenix Illegal Fireworks Enforcement

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Melanie Gaines started this petition to Mayor Kate Gallego and

1. Enforcement Costs: While the law only allows sparklers, ground spinners, smoke devices and cone fountains, there is little ability to enforce sales or use of other types. Phoenix Police is flooded with calls during fireworks periods. 
2. Fire Danger: We live in a desert, with arid conditions that present fire hazard on a regular basis. Most firefighters opposed the 2019 SB1348 bill which extended legal sales and use periods, because it wastes their resources, risks lives and increases our municipal cost of managing fires.
3. Animal Welfare: Animals are terrified of fireworks. On the Fourth of July alone, more than 1,000 animals are turned in to the Maricopa shelters. This doesn't count those killed while running loose or injured while trying to escape. Animal abuse is a felony crime; use of these fireworks constitute animal abuse.
4. Clean Air: We can't burn wood fires because they contribute to air quality problems that may cause federal fines. Fireworks create air quality impact that are just as dangerous.
5. Respect for Veterans: For those suffering PTSD, veterans and others, this volume and type of noise are traumatic.
6. Neighborhood Quality: Those with jobs, infants, and elderly need their sleep. Allowing these fireworks downgrades the quality of our neighborhoods. --adapted from Rebecca Plantz

SOLUTIONS:

1. Increase investigation and enforcement resources in the month prior to the legal use of fireworks, to locate and shut down black-market sales.

3. Increase available officers/designate enforcement units for the week surrounding each "legal" holiday.

2. Institute a community reporting program (phone or online) to gather data about the locations of the worst offenders, thereby allowing police to narrow down monitoring locations for enforcement. A similar example is the Washington State Patrol carpool violation reporting program: https://wsdot.wa.gov/travel/highways-bridges/hov/hero#:~:text=Drivers%20can%20report%20HOV%2C%20HOT,are%20sent%20an%20educational%20brochure

Also, here is the website with links to contact the Mayor's office directly, and email your local Council representative. https://www.phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil

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