Mesa Fire Dept. crews inspect fireworks stands for safety

MESA, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Many people will be ringing in the new year with fireworks and the Mesa Fire and Medical Department is making sure the fireworks being sold around the Valley are legal.

The MFMD inspects about 26 firework tents around the city -- every stand that is legally allowed to be open for business. According to investigators, these inspections lower the chances for illegal and dangerous fireworks to hit the market.

"We just make sure they're set up right, they're selling them right," said Dale Kepler, an MFMD inspector.

With New Year's Eve right around the corner, many people will be making their way to the nearest firework stand to pick up party favors to ring in the new year with a bang.

"Sparklers are really huge, same as the snappers," said Kyla of Davey Jones Fireworks. "We have neon sparklers that actually do colors and then we have the long ones that are a couple of feet long."

Inspectors are doing their part to make sure it's a safe holiday. They go to each tent in the city to make sure the stands are set up in the proper location, exit and warning signs are posted and there's proper lighting. But the most important task is to make sure the only fireworks being sold are the legal kind, which are safe.

"Things that are illegal are anything that is aerial or goes into the air. Bottle rockets are illegal. Anything that has more than .25 grams of explosives are illegal. Things like M80's, M5000's this kind of big fireworks," explained Kepler.

Always read the label because many fireworks look similar.

"They have to read what they're getting to make sure they're not going to get something that explodes into the air when they expect it to just sparkle on the ground," added Kepler.

No one under the age of 16 can purchase fireworks. The last day to by and use fireworks in the city of Mesa is January 3.