ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s going to be a loud night for everyone and a busy night for firefighters. The Albuquerque Fire Department is already out patrolling the city ready to hand out citations.
There were big fireworks displays at the Isotopes game and Freedom Fourth, but that isn’t stopping people from putting on their own backyard shows and dealers from selling them what they need.
KRQE News 13 rode along with AFD as they checked this fireworks stand at the K-mart near Carlisle and I-40, looking for illegal products including those that go more than 10 feet in the air.
Later Monday night, they’ll be out patrolling neighborhoods watching for people lighting illegal fireworks, all to try and prevent a fire from sparking or someone from getting hurt.
Even over the weekend, firefighters have been getting calls from people reporting illegal fireworks and writing tickets.
Sunday alone, AFD reports receiving more than 500 reports and giving out ten citations.
Those citations require a court appearance and could get someone a fine of up to five hundred dollars or ninety days in jail.
The illegal fireworks hotline will be in full swing until 1 a.m.
You can also report illegal fireworks through the 311 app.