COUNTY IMPOSES FIREWORKS RESTRICTIONS DURING DROUGHT

COUNTY IMPOSES FIREWORKS RESTRICTIONS DURING DROUGHT

Sales of certain types of fireworks will be restricted in Doña Ana County until further notice, following a unanimous vote by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners at its June 11 regular meeting.

Acting in accordance with state statute, the commission instituted sales 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 were included.

Many types of fireworks, including fountains, are not affected by the sales restrictions. The commission made it clear that if significant rainfall occurs in the county, an emergency meeting will be held to assess drought conditions. If drought conditions ease to the point that state statute allows the sales restrictions to be lifted, then the commission pledged to vote on lifting the restrictions.

The commission excluded from the sales restrictions any vendor with a year-round state sales permit, providing that such vendors require picture identification of all persons attempting to purchase restricted fireworks. Those sales could only be processed if the prospective buyer can prove residency in another county.

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.