The City of Albuquerque along with the Albuquerque Fire Department encourages metro area residents to attend public firework displays instead of purchasing fireworks. As the temperatures exceed 100, conditions in the Bosque, West Mesa, and Foothills become drier the threat increases for disastrous fires. Freedom Fourth and Isotopes Park displays are two examples of high quality, enjoyable, and safe events. If residents must by fireworks, be sure to buy from local vendors to be assured what you buy is safe and legal for use within the City of Albuquerque. People that purchase illegal fireworks and import them to use in the city are placing their community at risk for disaster.
The City of Albuquerque Ordinance prohibits the sale and use of all Aerial Fireworks and Ground Audible Devices within the city limits.
- Always buy fireworks from a local vendor to ensure what you purchase is safe and legal.
- Look at the firework labels, CAUTION is legal is allowed within city limits, WARNING is Illegal.
- Fireworks should only be used on paved or barren areas and away from homes, vegetation and combustible materials.
- Have a water source available to put out any unintended fires such as a charged garden hose or two 5 gallon buckets.
- Keep children and pets away from the firework lighting area.
- Do not use homemade fireworks; they can lead to unpredictable explosion which can cause severe injuries or death.
In 2016, during the 4th of July holiday weekend, AFD received over 2,368 illegal firework calls which resulted in 25 citations. About half the reports came from the new 311 App (1,144). Any one of these incidents could have turned into a deadly fire just because someone was acting carelessly.
“No fireworks of any kind are allowed to be discharged in or around the Bosque, Open Space areas, and city parks,” said Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey. “We need the public to assist us in keeping Albuquerque safe from structure and wildland fires by using fireworks in a safe and appropriate manner this holiday weekend and year round.”
Illegal Firework Penalties
- Using illegal fireworks is punishable with a citation and immediate confiscation of the illegal fireworks and places the community at risk for fires.
- It is a misdemeanor and a mandatory court appearance
- If found guilty, the offender can face up to 90 days in jail and/or up to $500 in fines.
- Fireworks can also cause life-threatening residential, motor vehicle, and wildland fires which can result in the user or supervising adult being found grossly negligent and financially responsible for damages.
To Report Illegal Fireworks
Albuquerque residents can report illegal fireworks from 8AM, July 1st- 1AM, July 5th through any of the following channels:
-The ABQ311 mobile app, available for download at abq311.com
-The online Report Illegal Fireworks form available at fireworks.cabq.gov
For more information, go to the City of Albuquerque website at www.cabq.gov/fire.