Firework Use Sparks Safety Warning from AAA

AAA highlights four fireworks shows worth watching

Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July, but AAA Insurance is urging Arizonans to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals. Despite being legal to purchase across the state, setting off these explosives may be criminal in some areas and costly for consumers.

In 2010, Arizona passed legislation allowing the sale and use of fireworks within the state. However, numerous municipalities have made moves to halt this activity by enacting local bans on the use of fireworks, and in some areas, sparklers, too.

“Injuries or damage incurred from fireworks is generally covered under a homeowners or umbrella policies, but only if found to be accidental,” said Brad Oltmans, vice president of insurance for AAA Arizona. “Violating bans on fireworks could not only lead to a citation, but also personal liability should catastrophe strike.”


AAA Insurance urges patriotic revelers to avoid the risk and opt for displays hosted by experts, such as those being offered in the town or city where you live and at AAA Four and Five Diamond properties across the state:

  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale is hosting a Fourth of July Freedom Festival June 30 through July 3. The festival will feature four nights of family fun, including fireworks and concerts, family games, events, summer food, drinks and frozen treats. Room rates at this AAA Five Diamond resort start at $159 per night.
  • Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spais hosting the Red, White and Boom Block Party. The event will feature family-friendly activities, patriotic-themed concessions, live music and an aerial view of nearby Rawhide Western Town’s fireworks show. Block party packages are available from $129 per night.

  • Casino del Sol, the newest AAA Four Diamond resort in Tucson, is celebrating with the largest fireworks display in Tucson on July 3. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. and is open to the general public. Summer room rates at Casino del Sol are available from $99 per night.

  • Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resortwill host its annual July 4th All-American Extravaganza with fun and festivities for the whole family. Enjoy barbecue, live entertainment and one of the largest fireworks displays in Tucson. Room rates at this AAA Four Diamond resort start at $109 per night.

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AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.