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Mesa firefighters warn of dangers of illegal fireworks

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MESA, Ariz. -

New Year's Eve is just under a month away, and if you're planning to use fireworks to ring in the New Year, firefighters have some tips to make sure you do it safely.

Mesa firefighters say you should only use consumer fireworks that are approved under state law, and only in cities that allow them.

Use fireworks responsibly and beware of illegal fireworks.

"But the other thing about these illegal fireworks is that for the most part, if you're getting them in other countries we don't know what they're loaded with. They could be loaded with unknown amounts of black powder and explosive powder, so now you're dealing with a device that essentially you don't know anything about, that can cause who knows what type of harm or damage," says Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith.

Even though they're sold just about everywhere, fireworks are banned in most valley cities.

They are allowed on private property in Mesa -- Gilbert -- and Queen Creek on New Year's.

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