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July 3, 2019
Safety Tips for Fourth of July Holiday

Members of the Santa Fe Police Department want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day this year.  As a reminder to our community and guests, we ask that only safe and sane and legal fireworks be used within the City limits during the upcoming holiday.

Safe and sane fireworks are all fireworks that have no report, in other words do not make a ‘bang,’ are not self-propelling and whose effect does not extend above fifteen feet (15’) in height from the ground.  These fireworks include:

  1. Snakes, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty (20) grams each in weight;
  2. Smoke devices and spray balls, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty-five (25) grams each in weight;
  3. Wheels, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed (60) grams in weight per driver unit, but any number of drivers may be on any one wheel.  The inside bore of the driver tubes shall not be over one-half inch (1/2”);
  4. Illuminating torches and colored fire in any form, total pyrotechnic composition of illuminating torches not to exceed one hundred (100) grams each in weight;
  5. Sparklers and dipped sticks, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed one hundred (100) grams in weight.  total pyrotechnic composition containing any chlorate or perchlorate shall not exceed five (5) grams;
  6. Cylindrical fountains, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed seventy five (75) grams each in weight.  The inside tube diameter shall not exceed three-fourths inch (3/4”);
  7. Railway fuses, fuses, truck flares, hardship distress signals, smoke candles, smoke signals and smoke pots; and
  8. All other fireworks similar to the above, provided they are tested and approved by the Chief of the Fire Department.

Fireworks approved for use within the City limits are sold with an approved permit and from a store with a permanent structure at a recognized business location.  The City Ordinance does not permit the sale of fireworks from a fireworks tent or stand.  Only persons over the age of 16 years old are permitted to purchase fireworks, unless the person under 16 is accompanied by their parent or guardian.     

Public displays that have an approved permit and have been authorized by the Fire Department in advance are permitted as defined in the Fireworks Ordinance.

Dangerous fireworks are prohibited within the City limits, and a violation of the Fireworks Ordinance can result in a misdemeanor charge punishable with imprisonment for up to 90 days or a fine not to exceed $500, or both.  Dangerous fireworks are any firecracker, Roman candle, skyrocket, torpedo, bomb, blank cartridge, cone-shaped fountain, bottle rocket and flyer or any other type or form of explosive. In addition, any item that is self-propelling or the effect of the firework which extends above fifteen feet (15’) in height from the ground or any article which produces a report by combustion, explosion or detonation.

Police are asking anyone with a concern about the use of dangerous fireworks to please call the non-emergency number at the Regional Emergency Communications Center at 505-428-3710.  An officer will respond to locations where it can be identified the dangerous fireworks are being used and make contact with the resident on the premises.  If a location cannot be identified, an officer will respond to the area and attempt to locate the source. If an officer observes a violation of the Fireworks Ordinance, a citation may be issued and the violator will be summoned to court for the infraction.

We also ask to please keep your pets in mind with the use of fireworks during the holiday and consider the following to keep them safe:

  1. Make sure your pets have identification tags with up-to-date information.
  2. Make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up to date.
  3. Take a current photo of your pets just in case.
  4. If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need to obtain medication from your veterinarian.
  5. Ensure your yard is secure enough to keep your pet contained in the event they outdoors and become startled by fireworks.
  6. Leave your pets at home when you go to celebratory gatherings and fireworks displays.  Consider securing your pets indoors with a crate or in a room with a door.  Ambient noise from a television, radio, or fan may assist with damping the noise from fireworks.   

Contact: Deputy Chief Ben Valdez, 505-955-5040, [bot protected email address]

 

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