Los Lunas fire chief warns about dangers of fireworks in village

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Los Lunas Fire Chief Lito Chavez has announced the department will be out in full swing enforcing the village's fireworks ordinance this Fourth of July season.

The Los Lunas Fire Deparment will be conducting fireworks patrols and will be looking for anyone violating the village of Los Lunas fireworks ordinance. Due to high temperatures, low humidity, high winds and the abundance of dry fuels, firefighters will be especially diligent in enforcing the ordinance this year.

"Fire danger within the village of Los Lunas and the state of New Mexico is high, as is evident with the recent wild fires," Chavez said.

Chavez wants to remind people that if they plan on using fireworks this season in Los Lunas, they should call the fire department at 866-2116, or go to the village's website, www.loslunasnm.gov, to review the ordinance before purchasing and discharging fireworks within the village.

"People think because they buy fireworks anywhere in the county they are legal, but they need to realize that the county and all municipalities have different ordinances and regulations so they should check with the their local authorities before discharging fireworks," Chavez said.

According to village of Los Lunas Ordinance 333, permissible fireworks include cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches, toy smoke devices and wheels.

Prohibited fireworks include any type of aerial device such as aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile rockets, Roman candles, shells, stick-type and rockets. Also prohibited are any ground chasers and firecrackers.

The Los Lunas Fire Department will also be conducting routine inspections on firework vendors within the village to ensure no prohibited fireworks are being sold.

The valid dates for purchasing and discharging fireworks continue through July 6.

Anyone caught violating the ordinance will receive a citation to appear in court. Punishment for violations include up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

"I know everybody wants to have a good time and enjoy the Fourth of July holiday," Chavez said. "We just want to make sure everybody does so safely and within the limits of our ordinance."