Bernalillo County reminds citizens of fireworks ban

July 1st, 2014 at 8:55 pm by under Latest Posts

Bernalillo County Fire Department officials are reminding the public of bans and restrictions on certain fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County, outside the Albuquerque city limits.

The bans and restrictions are in place from now through July 10, 2014.

The ban includes the sale and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices within the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County.

Also banned is the sale or use of display fireworks. The ban applies to the use of fireworks that shoot higher than 10 feet in the air, have a 6 foot or larger coverage area and fireworks that are louder than a cap gun.

The restrictions allow for the use of 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 readily accessible source of water (a bucket of water or a hose) for use to extinguish the fireworks.

All fireworks are banned in wildland areas within the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County, outside the Albuquerque city limits, including:

· East of Louisiana Boulevard to the west face of the Sandia Mountains

· From San Antonio north to the Pueblo of Sandia

· All of 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.

If an individual is caught with prohibited fireworks, a citation will be issued and the individual may have to appear in court. Violators could be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to less than one year in jail. If it is determined that the use of fireworks was the cause of a fire that damaged property, the responsible individual may be held liable for those damages.

To report someone using illegal fireworks in Bernalillo County outside of the city limits, call 798-7000 or to report a fire call 911.

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