The Las Cruces Fire Department is reminding residents of general guidelines and fireworks safety tips for the upcoming Independence Day holiday.
Fireworks allowed to be purchased and discharged in Las Cruces 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.
Additional rules and safety guidelines include:
- Fireworks may not be sold to anyone who is intoxicated or younger than 16.
- Keep in mind the hour of usage and be considerate of your neighbors.
- Due to very dry weather conditions, light fireworks only on paved or barren surfaces.
- Limit the 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 and use common sense.
- Safely dispose of all spent casings and debris.
- Pet owners should secure their dogs and cats indoors when fireworks are discharged.
Anyone who witnesses the use of illegal fireworks is asked to call (575) 526-0795. For an emergency call 911.