El Paso Sheriff Increases Fireworks Patrol

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:42pm

EL PASO- El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles is giving us a better idea of how his deputies plan to crack down on anyone using fireworks this Fourth of July.

Sheriff Wiles says he'll have 15 additional officers on duty to patrol the Montana Vista area, plus 12 search and rescue officers on ATV's in the desert.
Deputies will be out confiscating fireworks and issuing citations to anyone who violates the county wide ban.
Despite the fireworks ban there's still one place in the county where you can legally buy fireworks- in Socorro.
But Sheriff Wiles says it'd be a waste of money.
"You’re really in a catch-22 position if you buy fireworks in Socorro. You can keep them in Socorro but you can't set them off in Socorro and you can't take them out of Socorro so it's really a waste of money to be purchasing those in Socorro city limits because you're not going to be doing anything with them"

The sheriff says if you do use fireworks and start a fire that damages any property or hurts anyone, you will be criminally charged.

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