Legal fireworks sales going strong

Posted at: 06/28/2013 8:50 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Fireworks dealers are doing a brisk business, in spite of tight restrictions on what they can sell in the Albuquerque metro area and many other New Mexico communities.

Check out the inventory at the TNT tent on Eubank in front of Walmart. Everything in the place is by-the-book legal and in compliance with Albuquerque restrictions. In fact it’s a good idea to buy your fireworks in the community where you plan to set them off, so you can be reasonably sure that they’ll be legal on the 4th.

“Well, actually we’re not buying them for the 4th of July,” said TNT customer Adrienne Paulson. “My little cousin got married and she’s having her reception so we thought we would have some sparklers and some fireworks to celebrate!”

The emphasis, as always, is on safety.

“The most important thing to remember is to read the instructions on the items,” said TNT vice president Ken Delfeld. “Look at the caution wording that tells you what the item is going to do. Make sure you have water handy and make sure that you’re on barren or a flat hard surface like pavement.”

“Before you go out and light your fireworks off, hose the area off,” said TNT saleswoman Christina Winkleblack. “Make it a little moist. Have a bucket of water there. Teach your children fireworks safety.’

Last winter, fire chiefs and fire marshals from all over the state went to the legislature, looking for local governments to get the power to totally ban fireworks sales and use if the fire danger got high enough. That bill died in committee.