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Use Only Legal Fireworks, Follow Safety Protocols, Keep Pets Safe
This year our Independence Day celebrations will be more private affairs in light of COVID restrictions and the absence of a public fireworks display due to COVID. If you do decide to set off some fireworks please make sure they are safe and sane.
Members of the Santa Fe Fire Department want to remind everyone that only certain kinds of fireworks can be used within the City limits. 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. We ask callers to provide address information that is as precise as possible, and to be patient with police who may be responding to higher priority calls.
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 display does not extend above fifteen feet (15’) in height from the ground.
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 following locations are licensed and legal: Albertsons, Market Place, Walmart, Smiths, Big R and Target. The City Ordinance does not permit the sale of fireworks from a fireworks tent or stand.
Legal fireworks include:
- Snakes, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty (20) grams each in weight;
- Smoke devices and spray balls, total pyrotechnic composition not to exceed twenty-five (25) grams each in weight;
- 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”);
- Illuminating torches and colored fire in any form, total pyrotechnic composition of illuminating torches not to exceed one hundred (100) grams each in weight;
- 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;
- 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”);
- Railway fuses, fuses, truck flares, hardship distress signals, smoke candles, smoke signals and smoke pots; and
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 and illegal 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 fireworks where the display extends above fifteen feet (15’) in height from the ground are illegal, as are any that produce a loud bang by combustion, explosion or detonation. These types of fireworks also pose a fire hazard to the user and neighbors, and are especially dangerous in the midst of an extremely dry season.
Legal Fireworks Safety Tips
If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
- Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Never ignite devices in a container
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Never use illegal fireworks
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:
- Make sure your pets have identification tags with up-to-date information, as fireworks can often cause an animal to run away.
- Make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up to date.
- Take a current photo of your pets just in case.
- 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.
- Ensure your yard is secure enough to keep your pet contained in the event they are outdoors and become startled by fireworks.
- 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.
- Some animals are comforted by swaddling, as provided by products like a calming vest.
Please have a safe and happy Fourth of July and be considerate of all your neighbors, including the furry ones.