Doña Ana County




            With the upcoming celebration of our nation’s independence on July 4, Doña Ana County’s Fire and Emergency Services Department reminds residents of regulations set within the unincorporated areas of the county.

            Fireworks allowed to be purchased and discharged within the county 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 within the county limits are aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile-type rockets, Roman candles, shells, stick-type rockets, chasers and firecrackers.

            County-prohibited fireworks purchased in the City of Anthony, Town of Mesilla or the City of Hatch can only be possessed or discharged within the boundaries of those perspective municipalities. Possessing or using prohibited fireworks in unauthorized areas can result in immediate confiscation of the contraband material and the initiation of criminal proceedings.

            The Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services fire-prevention division will work alongside the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s department to conduct patrols before, during and after July 4. Any illegal fireworks found will be confiscated, and citations will be issued.

            “Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department strongly encourages users to discharge fireworks only on paved or barren lands, and with a readily available source of water nearby,” said Interim Fire Chief Eric Crespin.

Additional rules and safety guidelines include:
            Keep in mind the hour of usage, and be considerate of your neighbors, particularly veterans with PTSD.

            Bring dogs indoors when fireworks are being used nearby.
            Be aware that dry weather conditions have left grasses and weeds susceptible to fire.
            Limit use of fireworks to areas 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.
            Safely dispose of all spent casings and debris, and do not torment companion animals or livestock.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.