July 4th Fireworks Spark Debate

Jul 2, 2013

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Governor Suzanna Martinez'  recent plea to tribes and local governments to ban the sale and use of fireworks this year due to the drought has resulted in some big changes across New Mexico. 

Now many items that were once considered imperative to have a celebratory Fourth have become contraband.  Here is a list of Fireworks Restrictions, county by county. 

When the Albuquerque Journal interviewed companies that peddle the explosives locally, they reported that the information is being pushed to customers. 

  • “We understand the governor’s concerns and we’re concerned also,” TNT Fireworks vice president of western store sales Ken Delfeld . "When you have dry weather you need to take precautions. We’re telling the public to buy products in your local community so that you know they’re legal and they’ve been approved. Once you’ve done that, make sure you have a water source handy, and use your fireworks on a dry, barren spot on your driveway, and you’ll be fine.”

If you really don't feel like your weekend holiday is complete without taking in some razzle-dazzle, About.com has put together a list of firework displays across New Mexico sure to light up your life.

Just keep in mind that when attending these large shows there are no guarantees.  As many of you recall from last years epic show in San Diego when an entire nights worth of firecrackers went off all at once, every once in a while even the pro's make mistakes.