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AFD firework safety tips for Fourth of July

July 1st, 2014 at 4:45 pm by under Latest Posts, Wildfires

Fire Department leaders are encouraging Metro Area residents to attend public firework displays instead of purchasing fireworks.

If residents must buy fireworks, buy from local vendors to be assured what you buy is safe and legal for use within the City of Albuquerque. People that purchase illegal fireworks and import them to use in the city are placing their community at risk for a disaster.

Firework Guidelines

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.
  • Once ignited, aerial and ground audible devices take an unpredictable flight path and pose a significant fire hazard to structures and vegetation. They also possess a significant injury potential to the user and innocent bystanders. These devices are also disturbing to public peace.

The following fireworks are legal and may be used:

  • Cone Fountains, Crackling Devices, Cylindrical fountains, and Flitter sparklers.
  • Ground Spinners, Illuminating torches, Toy smoke devices, and Wheels.

Firework Hotline

  • To report illegal fireworks on July 3rd, 4th, 5th from 7:00pm-1:00am call (505) 833-7335.
  • To report illegal fireworks any other time, call (505) 833-7390.

Units from the Albuquerque Fire Department will be patrolling from July 3th -5th inspecting local firework vendors and searching for illegal fireworks. Those who are caught WILL be cited and will have a mandatory court appearance.


  • Anyone who is caught with illegal fireworks will be cited, have their fireworks confiscated, must go to court and could face up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

Firework Safety

If you must use fireworks, please follow these firework safety tips:

  • Fireworks should not be used on “Red Flag Warning” days, as these days indicate extreme risk for fires. To keep current, go to www.weather.gov
  • What and where to buy -Always buy fireworks from local vendors.
  • Have a water source available close by.
  • Supervision – Always have an adult present and never allow children to use fireworks.
  • Use caution – Always use fireworks outdoors on a paved area clear from homes, trees, vegetation, and other combustible materials.
  • Follow directions – Always read and follow directions carefully. Only light one firework at a time then move away quickly.
  • Disposal – Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water.
  • Do not attempt to make your own fireworks. Homemade fireworks (for example, ones made of the powder from several firecrackers) can lead to dangerous and unpredictable explosions. In 2012, illegal and homemade fireworks were in involved in all 6 U.S deaths during the 4th of July holiday.


APS sets graduations ceremonies for class of 2015

July 1st, 2014 at 11:22 am by under Latest Posts

Graduation ceremonies for the Albuquerque Public Schools Class of 2015 have been set for the week of May 11.

All traditional high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies again at Tingley Coliseum. The Schools of Choice will graduate at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

College & Career High School, the dual-credit high school that opened last year on the CNM campus, will graduate with CNM at noon on Saturday, May 9, at Tingley Coliseum.

Manzano will kick off the comprehensive high school graduations at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 11. The Rio Grande Ravens will be the final Class of 2015 to get their diplomas at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

The 2015 graduation schedule for traditional APS high schools is as follows:

  • Monday, May 11: Manzano, 2:30 p.m.; Atrisco Heritage Academy, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 12: Eldorado, 2:30 p.m.; La Cueva, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 13: Volcano Vista, 2:30 p.m. Sandia, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 14: Cibola, 2:30 p.m.; Valley, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 15: Highland, 2:30 p.m. West Mesa, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 16: Del Norte, 10:30 a.m; Albuquerque High, 2:30 p.m.; Rio Grande, 6:30 p.m.

The 2015 graduation schedule for APS Schools of Choice (alternative schools) is as follows:

  • Monday, May 11: eCademy Virtual High, 10:30 a.m.; nex+Gen Academy, 1:30 p.m.; Transition Services, 4:30 p.m.; School on Wheels, 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 12: New Futures, 1:30 p.m.; Freedom High, 4:30 p.m.; Early College Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Graduates of the Career Enrichment Center nursing program will participate in a pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center.

More information is available at www.aps.edu/schools/graduations.

ABQ to host World Cup Watch Party

June 30th, 2014 at 7:18 pm by under Latest Posts

Albuquerque soccer fans, you can watch Tuesday’s World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium stadium-style.

The city of Albuquerque will be hosting a free watch party for the 2 p.m. game at the Kimo Theater downtown.

The Kimo seats 650 people and it will be on a first-come first-serve basis.

Doors open at 1 p.m., and there will even be free parking at the Fifth Street and Copper parking garage.

The winner of Tuesday’s game with face either Argentina or Switzerland this Friday.

New program to teach NMSU students about NM heritage

June 30th, 2014 at 5:13 pm by under Latest Posts

New Mexico State University Carlsbad wants students to learn the culture and heritage of the southwest through a new certificate program.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers as interpreters, tour guides, technicians and docents.

School officials said students will be able to practice what they learn in internships at state and national parks in the area.

Free pet health clinic to be held this weekend

June 27th, 2014 at 12:25 pm by under Latest Posts

Animal Humane New Mexico and the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department are hosting a free pet health clinic in northeast Albuquerque this Sunday.

It’s sponsored by the ASPCA.

They will provide free spay and neuter vouchers for cats, chihuahua and pit bull type dogs.

They are also offering free vaccinations and microchips as well as free training advice, custom tags and collars.

Animal humane officials say the pet health fair does have a restriction of zip code to 87112. Health fairs in other zip codes will be done in the coming months.

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