Officials fret over inability to ban fireworks

Posted at: 04/21/2013 2:33 PM
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. ___

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