Doña Ana County




The sale of fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday began recently, and the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department is encouraging residents to be mindful of which pyrotechnics are allowed throughout the county.

Fireworks allowed to be purchased and discharged within the county are ground and hand-held sparkling and smoking devices such as cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, illuminating torches, smoke devices and wheels.

Fireworks prohibited for possession, sale or use within the county limits are aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, Roman candles, shells, stick-type rockets, chasers and firecrackers.

Since fireworks purchased outside of the county lines and in two municipalities within Doña Ana County are prohibited within the county, it is advised to possess and discharge fireworks only in the jurisdiction where they were purchased.

The Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department also encourages users to discharge fireworks only on paved or barren lands, and with a readily available source of water nearby. 

Additional rules and safety guidelines include:
• Keep in mind the hour of usage and be considerate of your neighbors, particularly veterans with PTSD.

• Bring dogs indoors when fireworks are being used nearby.
• Be aware that dry weather conditions have left grasses and weeds susceptible to fire.
• Limit use of fireworks to the outdoors and away from combustibles.
• Children should never use fireworks without close adult supervision.
• Light only one pyrotechnic at a time and move a safe distance away while it ignites.
• Purchase fireworks only from a licensed vendor.
• Follow all label directions carefully.
• Safely dispose of all spent casings and debris, and do not torment companion animals or livestock.

     Dona Ana County’s Fire and Emergency Services Department can be reached at (575) 647-7921.


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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.