The Santa Fe County Commission joined the city of Santa Fe in passing a ban on most fireworks, just before the start of the Fourth of July weekend. 

The resolution, approved Tuesday, bans the sale and use of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and ground audible devices. 

"While we have seen rainfall this past week, Santa Fe County still remains in drought conditions, with portions of the county in extreme or exceptional drought," County Fire Marshal Jaome Blay said in a statement. "Also taken into consideration was that statistics show almost half of all fires reported in the United States on July 4 were started by fireworks." 

The resolution will remain in effect for 30 days and will be readdressed if further action needs to be taken. 

The ban does not affect professional fireworks shows. 

(7) comments

Sheila Hartney

Meanwhile, for days now fireworks are being sent off. I've called the police and have been assured they have some sixty crews out monitering this, but they have not shown up in my neighborhood.

Sloan Cunningham

🔥SHAME🧨SHAME💣SHAME on The Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo 7.2.2021 Page 24 1/4 page Fireworks advertisement

Khal Spencer

Yeah. But I bet they wouldn't accept an ad for a gun show.

Charlotte Rowe

GOOD. I hope this at least puts a dent in the noise and terror for animals. But as Khal points out, if they're available on the res, inconsiderate people who don't respect laws will get them anyway and once they get drunk they'll just promiscuously fire them off without giving a rat's about their neighbors.

Khal Spencer

As long as you can get them at the Rez, people will buy them and shoot them off. This ban will be as effective as cheesecloth used as a sink stopper.

Mike Johnson

Exactly Khal, sacred lands are exempt, and there will be many sold there that get into all areas.

Dan Frazier

While a ban is a great idea, it should have been implemented much earlier. At this late date, many people are not going to hear about it and will go about their fireworks business as usual. Actually, the ban should be permanent. Fireworks have no place in a state as dry as New Mexico. Meanwhile, many people have pets that are terrified of fireworks. If we are going to allow fireworks, we might as well allow celebratory gunfire. The days of the Wild West should be over.

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