The county ordinance forbids transporting the target material when it is combined and potentially explosive. It must be combined where it is used. The explosive target may only be used in an area where it will not present a fire hazard.
Todd Rather of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association says explosive targets when properly used do not present a fire hazard. He says they are meant for fun or to help shooters firing at targets at extreme long range to know when they've scored a hit.
Rathner says the target involved in the Sawmill Fire included flammable chalk dust because it was part of a celebration to reveal the gender of a new baby. Rathner says the chalk dust was pink.