On the recommendation of the Las Cruces Fire Marshal, city councilors Monday passed fireworks restrictions that limits the use of fireworks to areas of 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 passed today by City Council bans the use of fireworks from areas with brush, grass or timber. Fireworks can only be discharged on paved or barren lands, and with a readily available water source nearby.
The ban is in effect for 30 days which means, if conditions improve, it could be lifted by July 3. The Fire Marshal will re-evaluate drought conditions in Las Cruces and may make additional recommendations – to modify or rescind restrictions – for City Council to consider at its next scheduled meeting.
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.
Information from: Las Cruces Police