COUNTY FIRE PERSONNEL TO BE AGGRESSIVE IN FIREWORKS ENFORCEMENT

COUNTY FIRE PERSONNEL TO BE AGGRESSIVE IN FIREWORKS ENFORCEMENT

Those who plan to sell or have fun with fireworks in Doña Ana County this Fourth of July season had best not step outside the bounds of the law.

The Doña Ana County Fire Marshal’s Office will be aggressively patrolling the county – particularly in the Chaparral area – to ensure that fireworks are being sold and used legally and safely. Since early May, inspectors from the Fire Marshal’s Office have been inspecting fireworks vending establishments to make sure all safety codes are in effect. Non-compliant stands have been shut down until they comply with all codes.

Inspectors also have been educating vendors about the penalties for selling fireworks to minors.

As July 4 draws closer, inspectors, volunteer firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies will watch vendors closely for compliance. A close eye also will be kept on the general public. People using fireworks in unsafe ways risk penalties ranging from confiscation to arrest, depending on the nature of the offense.

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.