Crowds rush to by last minute 4th of July fireworks


POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 7:20pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 7:33pm

The 4th of July is all about remembering our independence, bbq's with family and friends, and of course the fireworks.

There are several fireworks restrictions in place to make sure everyone has a fun and safe Independence Day.

It’s the last minute dash to buy what you need to put on your own 4th of July show.

“Just buying as many fireworks as we can,” said Estevan Chavez.

While some are only buying enough to keep the kids entertained…

“Sparklers and snappers and smokers,” Nellie Estortga.

Others are planning on much bigger explosions.

“We will be back later for the big stuff,” said Sandra Portillo.

The TNT stands in Anthony New Mexico are selling it all this 4th of July.

The owner of the stands said that crowds have been pretty constant since they have been up, with a lot more people showing up Friday and Thursday.

Sales are up from last year, and employees said that's because they're allowed to sell a wider variety of fireworks this year.

“This year we are allowed to sell aerials. Last year it was only fountains,” said Mayra Padilla, form TNT Fireworks. “So I have noticed that sales have increased.”

Last year city ordinances prohibited the sale of aerial fireworks.

This year they're allowed almost everywhere within Anthony city limits, as long as you have a permit.

“When you go and buy your firecrackers, and you buy something that needs a permit, it is automatically put on your tab," said Anthony Mayor Arnulfo Castañeda.

You buy the a $3 permit right from the stand. If you are caught lighting fireworks without one, you could face a $500 dollar fine.

Mayor Castañeda said police will be out in full force tonight make sure everyone is celebrating the 4th safely and legally.

“They will be out and about, actually getting out of their vehicles, getting out walking around,” said Mayor Castañeda.

Something people who bought fireworks Friday say they appreciate.

“They are good to have, because it is so dry. People need to be a little more careful, said Portillo.

There will also be several public fireworks displays Friday tonight. You can find that information by clicking the green banner at the top of the page.

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