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Bernalillo County Commission Approves Fireworks Restrictions

06/13/2018

At tonight’s commission meeting, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners approved a ban on certain fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county - which is outside the city limits of Albuquerque.

The ban is effective immediately and will remain in force through July 12, 2018.

“Bernalillo County is experiencing extreme drought conditions and the potential risk to life, property and the environment prompted the ban,” says Bernalillo County Fire Chief Greg Perez.

Bernalillo County has banned the sale and use of aerial devices to include aerial shell kit-reloadable tubes, aerial missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets, and roman candles. Also banned are ground audible devices that include firecrackers and chasers within the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County, outside the city limits of Albuquerque.

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

If an individual is caught with prohibited fireworks, a citation could 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, call (505) 798-7000 or to report a fire call 9-1-1.

It was a unanimous 4-0 vote.

Commissioner Lonnie Talbert was excused for this meeting.

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