City proposing new fireworks ban

Posted at: 06/03/2013 7:40 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Tonight the Albuquerque city council is expected to take final action on a measure that would ban use of certain fireworks on city land.

Council imposed a similar ban last year around the same time, citing essentially the same reasons. The measure notes that less than one inch of rain since October 1, stage II restrictions in the Sandia Ranger District and dry, windy weather conditions make the ban necessary.

Authorized public fireworks displays would still be okay; the ban would apply to consumer fireworks including roman candles, chasers and bottle rockets. Even permitted fireworks would have to be set off on either paved ground or near a water source.

This past year, a bill went before the legislature that would have made city-wide banning of fireworks even easier; it didn’t pan out, but advocates plan to bring it back next year.

The meeting will be tonight at 5 p.m. in the Vincent E. Griego City Council Chambers.

You can view the full text of the measure by visiting the meeting agenda here: http://cabq.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx and clicking on the corresponding document.

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