COUNTY COMMISSION BANS MOST FIREWORKS FOR AT LEAST 30 DAYS

COUNTY COMMISSION BANS MOST FIREWORKS FOR AT LEAST 30 DAYS

Sales and use of most fireworks will be restricted in Doña Ana County for at least 30 days, under a measure passed unanimously May 23 by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners.

At the recommendation of Doña Ana County Fire Marshal Paul Chavez, the Commission proclaimed severe to 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 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 if drought conditions persists.

Chavez told the commission that permanent restrictions enacted last year by the City of Las Cruces are virtually identical to the temporary measures enacted countywide. Chavez said he and his staff will work 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.