Sandoval County issues fireworks ban

SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Sandoval County Commissioners have voted to ban fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county.

The ban imposes the following restrictions:

  • Bans the sale and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices within the unincorporated areas of the county.
  • Limits the use of ground and hand-held sparking and smoke device type fireworks to areas that are paved or barren or that have a readily accessible source of water for use by the homeowner or general public.
  • Bans the use of all fireworks in all of the widllands in the unincorporated areas of the county.
  • Bans the sale or use of display fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county

Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon said he wanted to take this precaution leading up to the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which traditionally is a time of heavy fireworks use.

“The spring rains did help alleviate the severe drought conditions we’ve experienced over the past several years,” Chief Maxon told the commission. “However, we still have a long way to do to be completely out of the drought. And if we get a few hot days without precipitation before the 4th of July, which the National Weather Service is actually predicting, that could create a dangerous situation.”

The ban will remain in effect until July 15, 2015.

Violators face up to a $300 fine and 90 days in jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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