ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Albuquerque Fire Department is working around the clock to catch people who are trying to celebrate Independence Day with illegal fireworks.
Those fireworks are extremely dangerous with this year's severe drought.
Not only is AFD's dispatch crew working into the morning, they've got a Community Emergency Response Team helping man the phones.
They started taking calls at 7 p.m. but things really picked up after 10 p.m.
They are taking the calls and passing it on to dispatchers, who then send out the trucks.
AFD said they've got about 200 firefighters out in the field for the Fourth of July.
Still, they are hopeful more people will listen to warnings this year against dangerous fireworks.
"They know how dry it is, the fires we've experienced, the tragedy in Arizona, coupled with our weather—lack of rain," said Commander Skip Tinagero. "The awareness is high."
AFD had gotten more than 250 calls by 9:30 Thursday night.
They said they're on track to get about the same as last year.
The fireworks they are on the lookout for this weekend are ones that shoot up or out.
They are banned in the city, county and many communities around New Mexico.
Citations can carry a fine of up to $500 and 90 days in jail.
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