Sheriff: Fireworks spark Torrance County grass fire

Grass fire

TORRANCE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Fire crews are mopping up and monitoring what’s left of a grass fire just east of Moriarty.

It happened Tuesday afternoon and officials say this fire was no accident.

Torrance County Sheriff Heath White says multiple people called in at about 2 p.m. to report the fire and who they believe started it.

Witnesses say a white sedan was seen shooting Roman Candles from the car windows. Witnesses told authorities the occupants of the vehicle appeared to be teens. The fireworks ignited a series of four fires that blended into one.

Strong wind made it difficult for fire crews to get the fire under control. The fire spread a couple of miles along the interstate but crews were ultimately able to stop it.

As far as suspects, the sheriff says there was not a good description of who they were and say they could be long gone by now.

Firefighters will be out there overnight to make sure the fire doesn’t restart. 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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