COUNTY COMMISSION EXTENDS BAN ON MOST FIREWORKS THROUGH JULY 13

COUNTY COMMISSION EXTENDS BAN ON MOST FIREWORKS THROUGH JULY 13

Sales and use of most fireworks will be restricted in Doña Ana County through July 13, under a measure passed unanimously June 13 by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners.

At the recommendation of Doña Ana County Fire Marshal Paul Chavez, the Commission proclaimed extreme drought conditions in Doña Ana County. By state statute, the Commission must use the Palmer Moisture Index to make a drought determination that triggers restrictions on fireworks.

Acting in accordance with state statute, the commission continued the ban that originally was enacted on May 23, which instituted sale and use restrictions on all missile-type projectiles guided by fins or sticks, as well as spinning fireworks that use paddles, fins or wings to fly in the air. Ground-audible devices that can be lit and thrown also are restricted. Many types of fireworks, including fountains, are not affected by the sales/use restrictions.

The Commission can lift the restrictions in the event that drought conditions ease significantly. The Commission also can extend the restrictions again if drought conditions persists.

Chavez and his staff are working closely with the county’s vendors to educate them about the restrictions.

Individuals who possess restricted fireworks can face criminal charges in the event that the restricted items are used while drought conditions are present and the restrictions are in place.

Professionally supervised municipal firework displays are exempt from the restrictions.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.