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July 4th Fireworks Information 2018

The 4th of July is almost upon us. That means the fireworks season will be in full swing soon. Fireworks are allowed to be sold starting on June 20th. The selling period will last until July 6th. As a reminder, the Las Cruces Fire Department is issuing some general guidelines and safety tips for the upcoming holiday.

Fireworks that are 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.

The Las Cruces fire and police departments have scheduled increased patrols this year in order to combat the use of illegal fireworks within city limits.

The increased patrols will be held July 3-5. Police and fire are prepared to issue citations and confiscate illegal fireworks. Residents who witness the use of illegal fireworks are asked to call the Central Dispatch non-emergency telephone number of (575) 526-0795. Only in the event of an emergency should residents dial 911.

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, only light fireworks on paved or barren surfaces.

- Limit 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.