Officials fret over inability to ban fireworks

Posted at: 04/22/2013 7:50 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Some local officials in New Mexico are fretting over their inability to ban all fireworks as the fire season approaches.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a proposal to expand the authority of the state, cities and counties to ban all fireworks was derailed during the last legislative session. A 1999 law limited what cities and counties can do in regulating fireworks.

They can prohibit certain types of fireworks, such as Roman candles and firecrackers, but can't outright ban a group of commonly used sparkling devices.

They can restrict the use of certain fireworks during times of severe drought, but have to issue a proclamation with the restrictions at least 20 days before the Fourth of July. Local officials want more flexibility.

Fireworks vendors say the current system is working.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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