Fire Department leaders are encouraging Metro Area residents to attend public firework displays instead of purchasing fireworks. The City-sponsored Freedom Fourth and Isotopes Park displays are two examples of high quality, enjoyable, and safe events.
- To report illegal fireworks on July 3, 4, 5, call (505) 833-7335.
- To report illegal fireworks any other time of the year, call (505) 833-7390
Units from the Albuquerque Fire Department will be patrolling the streets of Albuquerque on July 3, 4, and 5, searching for and will be dispatched to reports of illegal fireworks.
Those who are caught WILL be cited and will have a mandatory court appearance.
If residents must buy fireworks, buy from local vendors to be assured what you buy is safe and legal for use within the City of Albuquerque. People that purchase illegal fireworks and import them to use in the city are placing their community at risk for a disaster.
“No fireworks of any kind are allowed to be discharged in the Bosque, Open Space areas or city parks.” Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey said. “We are asking the public once again help us keep our city safe by using legal fireworks in a safe manner.”
Freedom Fourth is an annual event which is held at Balloon Fiesta Park on July Fourth. The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.
City of Albuquerque Ordinance prohibits the sale and use of all Aerial Fireworks and Ground Audible Devices within the city limits.
- Aerial Spinners
- Missile and stick type Rockets
- Roman Candles
Ground Audible Devices
- Chasers (bottle rockets)
Once ignited, aerial and ground audible devices take an unpredictable flight path and pose a significant fire hazard to structures and vegetation. They also possess a significant injury potential to the user and innocent bystanders. These devices are also disturbing to public peace.
The following are allowed to be sold and discharged within the City:
- Ground and hand held sparkling devices
- Cone Fountains
- Crackling Devices
- Cylindrical Fountains
- Flitter Sparklers
- Ground Spinners
- Illuminating Torches
Use of Illegal Fireworks
- Using illegal fireworks is punishable with a citation and immediate confiscation of the illegal fireworks and places the community at risk for fires.
- It is a misdemeanor and a mandatory court appearance
- A fine up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail
- The improper use of permissible fireworks and/or the illegal use of aerial or ground audible devices can result in the user or supervising adult being found grossly negligent and financially responsible for damages.
The Safe Use of Fireworks
- Fireworks should not be used on "Red Flag Warning" days, as these days indicate extreme risk for fires. To keep current, go to www.weather.gov
- What and where to buy - Always buy fireworks from a local vendor to ensure what you purchase is safe and legal for use within the city limits.
- Fireworks should only be used on paved or barren areas - Away from homes, vegetation and combustible materials.
- Have a water source nearby to put out any unintended fires such as a charged garden hose or two 5 gallon buckets.
- Always have an adult present and never allow children to use fireworks to avoid injuries and improper use.
- Follow directions - Always read and follow directions carefully.
- Disposal - Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water. Make sure they are completely cool to the touch before throwing them in the garbage can.
- Do not attempt to make your own fireworks. Homemade can lead to dangerous and unpredictable explosions and result in severe injuries..
By law all fireworks are required to have warning labels. A general rule of thumb as to whether fireworks are legal or illegal, examine the labels on each device:
- Illegal fireworks have a "WARNING" label.
- Legal fireworks have a "CAUTION" label.
If you do not handle fireworks properly, the following injuries and damages may occur:
- In the U.S. in 2008, body parts most often injured are hands, eyes, and the head, face, and ear. (2,300 injuries), eyes (1,500 injuries), and the head, face, and ear (1,400 injuries).
- Fireworks can be associated with blindness, third degree burns, and permanent scarring.
- Fireworks can also cause life-threatening residential, motor vehicle, and wildland fires.
On behalf of the Mayor's Office and the Albuquerque Fire Department, have a fun and safe Independence Day.