Recent rainfall brings a more stress-free Fourth of July

Created: 07/04/2014 5:33 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The recent rainfall has greatly reduced the threat of wildfires in the Albuquerque metropolitan area, and that means a lot of us can relax and enjoy Independence Day like we haven’t been able to in years.

After almost four years of extreme drought and tough restrictions, it’s back to a more traditional easy-going 4th of July in the fireworks department. We paid a visit to the TNT Fireworks at Central and 98th, only to find Hurricane Hannah sweeping through the tent! Hannah Jones is six, and she was picking out fireworks and aiming pretty high.

“I like these ones right here,” Hannah said, patting a huge box of fireworks marked at $199 dollars. When told the price Hannah said that’s the one she would pick out. Then her eye fell on the $499 dollar box. “No, this is the one,” she said.

Hannah’s sister Jayda, who’s five, was clutching a mysterious sack of some kind of pyrotechnic devices.

“Sticks,” Jayda said. “That’s what’s in there. You can play with ‘em like that,” she said, twirling an imaginary stick or baton in the air. Sparklers? “Mm-hmm,” Jayda said.

What’s legal – what’s illegal – your best bet is to just buy your fireworks in the town where you’re planning to set them off. That way you stay legal. And even though we’ve had some rain, you still need to be careful with this stuff! They don’t call it FIREworks for nothing!

The TNT tent we visited is run by Victory Outreach Church. They’re raising money for their Christian Recovery House, for people with substance abuse problems. It’s a free program and fireworks sales help cover the expenses.

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