Las Cruces City Council passes fireworks restrictions

Las Cruces City Council passes fireworks restrictions
MGN Online
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 5:35pm

The Las Cruces Fire Marshal recommended Las Cruces City Council restrict the use of fireworks. A new 30-day ordinance says fireworks may only be used on paved or barren land.

According to the U.S. Drought Index, Las Cruces is currently experiencing drought conditions which prompted the recommendation from Las Cruces Fire Marshal Ted Sweetser.

The ordinance bans fireworks in areas with brush, grass, wood or trees. If fireworks are used, they must be used on paved or empty land, with a nearby water source.

The ban lasts 30 days and could be lifted July 3rd. The Fire Marshal and City Council will re-evaluate drought conditions.

Fireworks allowed to be purchased and discharged within city limits 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 in Las Cruces are aerial and ground audible devices such as: aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, Roman candles, shells, stick-type rockets, chasers and firecrackers.

Since fireworks purchased outside Las Cruces may be prohibited within the city it is advised to possess and discharge fireworks only in the jurisdiction where they were purchased.   

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