As we approach the 4th of July, the Surprise Police Department would like to remind you of some of the laws and regulations regarding the purchase and use of various consumer fireworks and novelty items. Certain items are no longer classified as fireworks, as such, their use is not prohibited based on time or location. These items include: • Toy guns and other devices in which paper caps containing not more than 0.25 grains of explosive compound that cannot contact the hand when exploded • Toy pistol caps, fix ammunition and primers with less than 0.20 grains of explosive compound • Federally deregulated novelty items like snappers, flow worms, snakes, toy smoke devices and sparklers A second category of fireworks is consumer fireworks. They can be sold between May 20th and July 6th, however, they can only be used or discharged between June 24th and July 6th. Additionally, consumer fireworks can only be used or discharged on private property and with the consent of the property owner. Surprise municipal code prohibits the use or discharge of consumer fireworks on any city property to include, but not limited to, public roadways, sidewalks, and parks. Consumer fireworks are defined as items that include: • Ground and handheld sparkling devices. • Cylindrical fountains. • Cone fountains. • Illuminating torches. • Wheels. • Ground spinners. • Flitter sparklers. • Toy smoke devices. • Wire sparklers or dipped sticks. • Multiple tube ground and handheld sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains and certain illuminating torches. Anything not included above as a non-classified item or consumer firework would be classified as a display firework. Anything designed to rise into the air and explode, detonate in the air, or fly above the ground and any other display fireworks are prohibited without a valid city permit issued by the Surprise Fire-Medical Department. The below graphic shows examples of common consumer fireworks, novelty items, and display fireworks; the image, however, is not all inclusive.