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Ducey On Arizona Fireworks Expansion: 'Nothing More Fun Than Safely Blowing Things Up On Fourth Of July'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he knows how to celebrate the nation's independence.

Last week the state House agreed to expand the kinds of fireworks Arizonans can purchase. The measure, now awaiting Senate approval, would legalize firecrackers and what are known as keg mortars — non-reloadable devices that shoot a series of rockets into the air. That's a big change from current law where it's a crime to buy or possess anything that explodes or leaves the ground.

If the Senate approves, the governor gets the last word. Ducey said he's a big believer in personal freedom.

"I want people to have fun. And there's nothing more fun than safely blowing things up on the Fourth of July," he said.

But the governor said he cannot ignore the obvious fire danger.

"I also want to make sure that people are protected. So I'd want to know the details of how any change would affect the state," Ducey said.

The legislation awaiting Senate action keeps in place existing restrictions that allow communities to ban all consumer fireworks for most of the year. But the law spells out that cities cannot block the use of any legal devices between June 24 through July 6 and Dec. 24 through Jan. 3 of each year.