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Bernalillo County bans fireworks outside city limits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Bernalillo County Commissioners approved a fireworks ban in unincorporated areas of the county during their meeting Tuesday.

This comes in the wake of drought in the county and an early start to fire season.

People caught violating the fireworks ban could be fined up to $1,000 and/or required to appear in court. 

Firework 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. 

All fireworks are banned in wildland areas of the county 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
  • All the 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.

The restrictions allow for the use of ground and hand-held sparkling and smoke device type fireworks that are limited to areas that are paved or barren. There should also be a bucket of water or a hose nearby to extinguish the fireworks.

To report someone using illegal fireworks, call (505) 798-7000 or to report a fire call 9-1-1.


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