Independence Day is right around the corner — and as you gear up for your Fourth of July celebrations, keep in mind that some New Mexico communities have fireworks bans in place.
Wednesday, July 4, the city is hosting Freedom Fourth at Balloon Fiesta Park from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and features one of the largest fireworks shows in the state.
The City of Albuquerque Fire Code prohibits the possession, sale, or use of all aerial and ground audible devices within the city limits.
There are certain types of fireworks that are illegal in city limits. If you are planning to buy fireworks, read the label. Generally, if the label says "warning" that particular device is illegal; if it says "caution" that device is legal.
According to the city, the following fireworks are illegal:
- Ground audible devices: Chasers and Fire crackers.
- Aerial devices: including Aerial shell kits and Reloadable tubes, Aerial spinners, Helicopters, Mines, Missile-type, etc.
For more details and fireworks safety tips, visit the city's website.
Bernalillo County Commissioners have approved a fireworks ban in unincorporated areas of the county. The ban includes: aerial shell kit-reloadable tubes, aerial missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets, and roman candles, as well as firecrackers and chasers.
Additionally, all fireworks are banned in wildland areas within the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County:
- East of Louisiana Boulevard to the west face of the Sandia Mountains
- From San Antonio north to the Pueblo of Sandia
- Entire East Mountain area, north, south and east to the county line
- Portions of the unincorporated areas to include the Rio Grande bosque and wildland areas extending 1,000 feet from the outer edge of the bosque
People caught violating the fireworks ban could face jail time and be fined up to $1,000.
To report someone using illegal fireworks, call (505) 798-7000 or to report a fire call 911.
For more details, visit the county's website.
Santa Fe County
Due to severe drought conditions, Santa Fe County Commissioners have banned the sale and use of certain fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county, including wildlands. The ban includes: missile-type rockets, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices.
The use of fireworks not listed above is limited to areas that are paved or barren and have a readily accessible source of water available for use.
People caught violating the fireworks ban could face jail time and be fined up to $300.
For more information, visit the county's website.
Note that fireworks are prohibited on all state and private wildlands outside city or tribal areas, except where they are a part of a public exhibit approved by the local fire department.
For more details, visit New Mexico State Forestry's website.
There are currently several other parts of the state under fire restrictions. In the following areas, fireworks are prohibited:
- Southern Pueblos, New Mexico Tribal Lands at Stage III
- Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico Tribal Lands at Stage II
- Ramah Navajo Chapter, New Mexico Tribal Lands at Stage II
- Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico Tribal Lands at Stage II
Note that fireworks are prohibited on all National Forest Lands.
For more information on fire restrictions, click here.