SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, FIRE MARSHAL TO MONITOR HOLIDAY FIREWORKS

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, FIRE MARSHAL TO MONITOR HOLIDAY FIREWORKS

Both the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department and the Doña Ana County Fire Marshal’s Office will be paying close attention to the use and sale of fireworks during the July 4 extended weekend.

Although recent rains have lessened the danger of fire, residents are reminded that the use or sale of fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. is prohibited by county ordinance. Use of fireworks by persons consuming alcohol also is against the law, and deputies will cite and/or arrest offenders.

Fireworks vendors will be cited for illegal sales. They also will face fines and/or arrest if they allow the use of fireworks within 150 feet of their stands or if they allow vehicles to be parked within 25 feet of the vending areas.

The Fire Marshal’s Office, volunteer firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies will closely monitor vendors.

In the Chaparral area, Sheriff’s deputies will block off McCombs Road at State Line Road on July 4 and will prohibit entrance by residents of Texas until after midnight. Saturation patrols in the area will be conducted throughout the weekend, and all state and local laws related to fireworks safety will be strictly enforced.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.