Exploring Fireworks Restrictions in Dona Ana County

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 6:14pm

DONA ANA COUNTY, NM- Independence Day celebrations are underway and law enforcement all over the Borderland is cracking down on fireworks.

They've been completely banned in El Paso County this Fourth of July. But we begin in Dona Ana County where it's still legal to pop them off. Still, as NewsChannel 9’s Kai Porter tells us, you have to follow some strict rules.

A steady stream of people stopped by TNT Fireworks in Anthony New Mexico this Fourth of July.
It's one of the few places in the Borderland you can legally buy fireworks.
Folks we spoke with didn't plan on celebrating their independence any other way.

"It’s just like a celebration you know for the kids to see the lights and everything," says Francisco Martinez.

"That’s why I wanted to celebrate because fireworks are cool!" said Angela Cortez, who bought fireworks..

But vendor Karina Ramos says she's constantly reminding customers about the tough restrictions in place in Doña Ana County.

"A lot of people think it's banned everywhere and we have to tell them they can do it here and just to come back," says Karina.

In Doña Ana County you can only pop fireworks on your own or private property and it has to be clear of dry brush or weeds.
The fireworks also can't shoot higher than 10 feet and water needs to be nearby.

"So we have this whole empty lot on the back of the stand where people can come and spark their fireworks and not get in trouble," says Karina.

Something many may wind up doing to avoid a possible fine if they shoot of fireworks where they're not supposed to.

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